Spring is a time of coming out. Of coming up. Of unearthing. Of flowering or even bursting with life and passion. I love it in the Gardens because of all the botanical treats, but I love spring yards and landscapes because you finally see what your neighbors have doing. Their bulbs are up, buds are blooming and trees are greening. There’s something to talk about on every corner. And I think that’s an important ritual of neighborliness in spring too—telling one another how great their flowers and plants and effort looks too.
In that spirit, I want to tell you about something another organization is doing. Public gardens sometimes feel like lonely, isolated outposts promoting plants and their connections to people; what a pleasure it is to discover another organization turning to the gardening world in a meaningful artistic way! Stories on Stage is taking their strength, performing riveting short stories in professional readings, and pulling from gardening literature to connect the human experiences of gardening with audiences eager for spring.
Stories on Stage brings What Does Your Garden Grow? to Denver on May 4 at Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center. There are two shows: a 1:30 p.m. matinee and a 6:30 p.m. evening show. Each promises selections from authors Robin Chotzinoff, David Guterson, Saki, and Lisa St Aubin de Terán. I’ve had a tip that a few unannounced poems and musical interludes will season the performance to a rich, loamy stew of different passions.
I am encouraged to think that the Denver metro area has not merely gardeners, landscapers and growers, but artists and performers interested in “People with Dirty Hands” and audiences who connect with the experiences. In addition, Denver Botanic Gardens’ members and volunteers are invited to come and receive a $5 discount. Go to their website, just add the tickets you want, then enter the code “botanic” to receive the reduced price. Or call 303-494-0523. They would be glad to hook you up.
I know that some gardeners feel our natural and designed beauty gets overlooked in favor of momentary entertainment, digital distractions, and purely transitory pleasures. Its worthwhile to remember that gardeners, like other artists, often have impacts beyond their immediate recognition. Its worth it seek out art that will sustain you beyond the performance or the viewing. I think this will be one.