There are plenty of real life awe-inspiring gardens around the world, but when it comes to film they can really be taken to the next level. Intricate film sets, CGI and fantasy plots mean that gardens shown on screen can be even more breathtaking than what’s possible in reality. From the talking flowers of Alice in Wonderland, to the gothic splendour of Pan’s Labyrinth, see below for five of our favourite gardens on film.
The talking flower garden – Alice in Wonderland
The impossible was brought to life in Disney’s 1951 animated version of Lewis Carroll’s classic, and the talking flowers scene is often chosen as a favourite among viewers. Disney’s trademark high quality animation made Carroll’s flowers a reality in a riot of colour; as a rose, tiger lily, iris, dandelion, pansies and many more, come together to serenade Alice with ‘The Golden Afternoon’.
The edible garden – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Every child’s dream was realised in the 1971 film of Roald Dahl’s tale, as five lucky Golden Ticket winners entered a garden made entirely from sweets. Featuring a liquid chocolate river, lollipop flowers, candy canes, a boiled sweet boat, giant gummy bears and many more sweet treats, it’s a scene which has stuck in many viewers minds for years.
Gothic charms – Pan’s Labyrinth
Guillermo Del Toro’s 2006 Spanish-language classic follows the young Ofelia, as she navigates a new life with her mother and stepfather during the Spanish civil war. Some of the most magical scenes take place in the gothic labyrinth garden, where Ofelia meets the mysterious Faun who will guide her fate. Drawing on elements of fairytales, the garden scenes are eerily beautiful.
Topiary gardens – Edward Scissorhands
Johnny Depp played one of his most recognisable roles in 1990’s Edward Scissorhands, as the titular character with sharp blades instead of hands. Edward transforms the gardens of the pastel coloured suburbia where his new guardian family lives with amazing topiary sculptures, and one of the most iconic scenes is formed when Winona Ryder dances in the ‘snow’ garden made by flakes from the ice sculpture he is carving.
The garden beyond the door – The Secret Garden
There couldn’t be a blog about gardens without including the Secret Garden itself, when Francis Hodgson Burnett’s novel was brought to the big screen in 1993. Orphan Mary Lennox is sent to stay at her uncle’s house, and transforms the lives of herself and those around her following the discovery of a secret garden behind a locked door. The garden plays a central role to the plot, almost like a character in itself, as it’s restored to its former glory and begins to change the people around it.
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