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Wild in the Garden State is the story of connecting to the natural world in suburban New Jersey. Dave and Sarah are city transplants who want a beautiful, ecological garden, but don’t have any gardening experience. The documentary short (under 30 minutes) captures the transformation of a 130-foot-lawn into a life-sustaining place of wonder.
This timely film will attract experienced and new gardeners who want to spend less time maintaining a pristine — and unhealthy — lawn and more time enjoying the natural world, right in their own backyard.
Filmmaker Sarah Galloway honed her craft producing exhibit media for the American Museum of Natural History. Husband Dave is an architect who is inspired to garden for nature while creating a beautiful, park-like space
WILD in the Garden State began as video notetaking while I learned to garden. Native plant gardening was such a wonderful experience that I wanted to share it and reach an audience who—through no fault of their own—don’t realize the central role that gardens can play in supporting the natural world. WILD in the Garden State was shot on ordinary smart phones (Motorolla Droid X, iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy) as well as a GoPro camera over the course of ten years in Ocean, New Jersey.