Dare to Be Wild
Dare to be Wild follows Mary Reynolds' journey from naive, impressionable country girl to passionate, pioneering trend-setter landscape designer. Along the way, she falls hopelessly in love with charismatic British botanist Christy Collard who has the unique ability to realise her wild ideas. She needs his eclectic team of unconventional botanists and artisans, the Green Angels, to build her untested, wild design at the Chelsea Flower Show in only three weeks. Christy is immune to her charms, as he is consumed by his mission to prove he can make the Ethiopian desert bloom again. In a desperate attempt to get Christy's support, Mary travels to the Ethiopian Highlands where Christy is building a forest park. There, she must earn his respect, which is no small task. Her skill and commitment to his cause gradually win him over. As the Green Angels begin their work in the intensively competitive, but establishment atmosphere of Chelsea, Mary struggles to overcome natural and man-made obstacles and is regularly threatened with disqualification. Other competitors are amused by her methods and sneer at the 'hippies'. In the end, Mary and Christy's unconventional approach triumphs and the horticultural establishment is forced to reassess their view when her incomparable wild garden takes the Gold Medal against all odds.
Starring Emma Greenwell, Tom Hughes, Alex Macqueen
Director Vivienne De Courcy