Still on a tear to help promote public gardens, I'm exploring how to showcase the ones in D.C. throughout the year via short videos – because except for those famous cherry blossoms and assorted spring bulbs, there's not much visitor awareness of the gardens here. My idea is to visit the gardens throughout the season, and even in winter, to document that YES, there's gobs to see in August, October, even December, and then offer the videos to the gardens for their websites.
Of course that'll only catch people actually researching the gardens. What about all the tourists and conference-goers who come here and if they knew there were gardens to see, might stay longer, or bring the gardening spouse along? See, I think there are tourist dollars to be gained from promoting the most undermarketed resource in our nation's capital – and I bet the same applies to your city. Gardening is in – why not get on that bandwagon and ride it?
Heck, there are counties doing a better job of
promoting their gardens than D.C.'s doing, and surely others. (See The Gardens of Humboldt County [pdf].) So why not videos of The Gardens of Chicago, of San Francisco, of Memphis? They could be displayed on the tourism board's website and on hotel room televisions across the city, as additional content for the popular new service that shows visitors what to do while they're in town.
I'll be making the case to the tourism board here (and to anyone else who might sponsor a project like this) but am hoping it'll lead to work for gardenwriters/aspiring garden videographers in other other cities, too. Maybe you?
So to help the gardens and the garden videographers, please give us your thoughts about how gardens could best be presented in a short video. What information do viewers want about the garden
and the plants in it? And is that best done with still photos, video,
narration, titles full of Latin names? Would you like to see interviews with the gardener in charge?
To get the ball rolling I've created two short and simple videos of my neighbor's garden for your feedback and please, be kind; I know I'm no Ken Burns. In fact, I'm aiming for something that could be edited in a half-day or less by an amateur videographer (though not just any amateur – one who loves gardens and knows plants).
The first video is done with actual video and stills, natural sounds, and titles.
This next is done with still photos and narration, followed by a plant list.