by Guest Ranter Steph Britz of Swamp Gardener
I just went to see Julie & Julia with my mom and sisters. Not only am I
obsessed with gardening, I also love food, cooking it, eating it, and talking
about it. As we were walking out the door, a thought occurred to me and I posed
it to my Mom, also an avid gardener, “Where’s the Julia Child for the gardening
world?” You see, Julia Child basically created the Food Network, Martha
Stewart, and the Kitchen Stadium. She made cooking a spectator sport, a
national pastime (though not something we actually do, according to Michael Pollan).
My thoughtful mom
pointed out, “Gardening takes too long – months for things to happen.” “Years,”
I piped in. We walked our separate ways that afternoon, but I wasn’t entirely
satisfied with the answer. You could film during peak season, you could
travel. There were ways around it, but then I realized I missed her point. I
think what she meant was people want instant gratification, the feeling they
could head into the kitchen and whip up that weekend what they had just seen
demonstrated. This is not exactly possible when you garden.
not giving up on my search for the transformative gardening guru, because as any
gardener will tell you, it’s the best thing ever! Julia Child faced a similar
problem; people thought cooking was drudgery, hard work, but she connected to
her audience and got people to appreciate the process, launching a thousand
cooking shows and an entire TV network. So I’ve decided we need to find someone
who can reach people and share that special feeling that happens when you tend a
garden. Any nominations?