so what’s this about ‘woo-woo’? a video explains

YOU CAN READ IT RIGHT UP TOP, BELOW MY LOGO: Horticultural how-to and woo-woo practiced here. After the question of “Where’d you get that plant?” (alluding to whatever oddball thing I post a picture of), the second-most common question I’m asked is, “What’s up with the woo-woo, Margaret?” The video above–my first, since I am happier behind a camera than in front–attempts to explain. Woo-hoo! Er, no, sorry: woo-woo.

(If you need to download the QuickTime player to watch, here’s the link.) And thanks to my friends at Catman & Mary Productions for forcing me to do this. Now if they’d only rename the company Catman and Margaret….

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  1. Amy says:

    Margaret, I love the video, and you explain perfectly what I feel about gardening and how it is a meditation. Thank you. I try to explain to my friends about this, and even if they don’t understand completely, they do understand that gardening is part of ME and who I am. I will send them all to your video now as a way to understand where I’m coming from.

    1. Margaret says:

      Welcome, Amy. We can start a support group for misunderstood horticultural woo-woo’ers — I think many people just look at the garden and see it as a “hobby” of mine or “a lot of work” and it’s definitely something more. Nice to meet you, kindred spirit. :)

      @Brenda: My apron (which I have in many colors…LOVE them) is from Utility Canvas, a couple I met years ago who live across the river in the Catskills of NY State. I also have had their tote bags for years and years — they never wear out, and everyone always covets them when I’m carrying my junk in one. :)

  2. Naomi Sachs says:

    Margaret, I must admit, though I have been following your blog for awhile, I didn’t fully understand the “woo-woo” part! I also didn’t know until watching this video what a kindred spirit you are. You summed up so articulately, and beautifully, how I and so many others feel about nature and the act of gardening. I especially loved your description of the cherry blossom festival; many people in the horticultural therapy and “healing garden” field talk about this – that connecting with the garden and nature is a way of experiencing life in all of its cycles, including dying and death. I may just have to share this on the Therapeutic Landscapes Network’s Blog!

  3. Sally says:

    Gosh I love your blog, your podcast, your gardens, your gentle spirit, and now this video gives me another glimpse into you the person. Thank you Margaret!!!

  4. Dennis R says:

    All i know is….it’s finally pouring rain down here in LaGrangeville & i’m running around through my garden getting soaked yelling….”Woo-Woo! Woo-Woooo!”
    ps, I loved Jack’s “cameo appearance”.

  5. pam kueber says:

    WOAH! What a gorgeous video… the garden looks gorgeous… and so do you!!!! You need your own TV show, Margaret!

  6. Margaret says:

    Thank you all — and as far as that TV show, Pam: The amount I’d need to spend in therapy sessions to stand in front of a camera would exceed any salary paid, I am certain of it. :)

  7. Hi Margaret,
    I really enjoyed that and how wonderful to see the scope of your gorgeous meditation surroundings. There’s much to offer in a good video- I love the movement of the camera with the perfect music. What you say rings so true– and what a handsome Buddha looks over all.

    1. Margaret says:

      Welcome, Carolyn. Yes, Buddha is quite the “looker” — even though he keeps his eyes wide shut. :) Glad to meet you here and hope we will see you soon again.

  8. Erica Sternin says:

    Yes – the moving meditation – yes yes yes! This is exactly what gardening does for me – and feeling part of something bigger and getting perspective on my place in it – that is exactly it. Thank you for the courage to make the video – a great gift to me.

  9. Julie says:

    I loved this video and all your spiritual metaphors for gardening. The comment about being on our knees all the time–so insightful and lovely. I too loved seeing Jack appear. Your own tv show–what a great idea. Like a “Victory Garden” for the 2010s. The visual component is so important, which is what’s missing in the podcasts (though I love the podcasts).

  10. Erica Berger says:

    Wow Maggie – congrats. The “boys” did a great job with this video, love the music, the camera work and your narration is wonderful. Jack and the garden win Best Supporting Actors.

    1. Margaret says:

      Welcome, Erica Sternin; glad it “connects” for you, too — and thank you for your kind words.

      Thanks to all of you — the “other” Erica, Miss Kelly… — for your encouragement, too. Onward, right? :)

  11. monica says:

    What a great video! And here I was thinking “woo-woo” just meant “oo-la-lah” or something…

    Maybe you’ll consider doing tutorial videos in the future? You’ve got a nice presence on camera and a lovely voice.

    1. Margaret says:

      Welcome, Monica. I do want to do the “how-to” parts as well; I have had to really try to get over the camera-shyness. I love that you thought it meant ooh-la-lah; how continental and exotic sounding! :) See you soon again.

  12. Elizabeth Barnes says:

    Margaret – I have been loving your blog for quite some time but this is the first time I’ve commented. Not only do you have an amazing gift for gardening but you also have the gift of communicating what it is about the practice that connects with the soul. I have always felt what you put into words in this video. Thank you for overcoming your camera-aversion and creating this gift for your readers!

    I agree that a TV show would be nice but perhaps you could just make some how-to videos for now. Like how to divide or propagate plants (I need to divide some irises and I’ve never done it before). Maybe weeding tricks or gardening shortcuts…

    Thank you for all the work you do to create “A Way to Garden”!

  13. Leslie Gold says:

    What a beautiful gift you are giving us! Your wisdom finds a truthful place in my soul, as does the sweet energy of your blessed garden. Your love and pleasure with Nature are flowing through me…

  14. Barbara H. says:

    Oh, Margaret, this was just lovely. The views, the music, the voiced thoughts, Jack – I could go on and on. It’s a perfect synthesis – thank you!

  15. karin says:

    I have been following your blog since the beginning, and I just love it! As a yoga teacher, I completely understand the “zen” of gardening. I have also discovered that most of my yoga students are also gardeners. I think the 2 go hand in hand! Thank you for sharing your talents!
    ps—-I LOVE your earrings!

    1. Margaret says:

      Welcome, Karin, and I am glad to hear you “voice”. :) The earrings are surgical steel long wires with very thin aluminum open squares — they weigh almost nothing and cost under $20. The store locally where I bought them doesn’t seem to sell them online, but they’re like this (disclaimer: from an unknown web commerce link I managed to locate searching for the description just now). Love them; also have circles in same style…also ultra-cheapo but great.

  16. Cynthia says:

    You are as beautiful as your garden! The mantra “let the beauty you love be who you are” certainly rings true! with you. Thank you, you are such an inspiration!

  17. sandra says:

    Lovely to see you and your garden – you looked so professional. My daughter and I were filmed for a gardening programme in England – it took over 30 hours for 15 minutes of programme – so many takes!!! Looking forward to more of your videos.

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