Sunrise Theater Hosts Two-Part Gardening Film Series | Characteristics

The Sunrise Theater is presenting two new documentaries at the Sunrise for one screening each – “The Gardener” on Thursday November 4th and Beatrix Farrand’s “American Landscapes on Thursday November 18th.

Each film follows a distinct horticulturalist and reflects on the importance of gardening and its impact on our lives. Sandhills Horticultural Gardens sponsors both films. Tickets are on sale now. Movie buffs can purchase tickets for one movie for $ 10 or both movies as a package for $ 15. Show time is 10 a.m. for both documentaries.

“The Gardener” is a film that follows influential gardener Frank Cabot shortly before his death at the age of 86. Cabot recounts his personal quest for perfection at the Four Winds, his 20-acre English-style garden and summer estate that was first opened to a film crew in 2009.

Nestled in the hills of Charlevoix County in Quebec, Les Quatre Vents has become one of the most prestigious private gardens in the world. Created for 75 years and three generations, it is an enchanted place of beauty and surprise, a horticultural masterpiece of the 21st century. Through the words of Cabot and his family, and with the participation of gardening experts and writers, the film looks back at the personal story of this remarkable man and the artistic philosophy that gave birth to one of the largest gardens in the world.

“Beatrix Farrand’s American Landscapes” follows award-winning public garden designer Lynden B. Miller as she sets out to explore the remarkable life of America’s first female landscape architect, Beatrix Farrand.

Farrand was responsible for some of the most famous gardens in the United States and helped create a distinctive American voice in landscape architecture. Although she created gardens for the rich and powerful, including John D. Rockefeller Jr., JP Morgan, and President Woodrow Wilson, she was also one of the early advocates of the value of public gardens and firmly believed to the power of the natural world to make people’s lives better.

Through the documentary, Miller travels to iconic Farrand Gardens, engaging designers, academics and horticulturalists in a lively dialogue about the meaning and importance of this revolutionary woman from the turn of the 20th century. Lynden Miller’s experience as New York City’s foremost public garden designer is woven into a broad biography of Farrand’s life and times.

Tickets for both films can be purchased online at, by phone at (910) 692-3611, or the Sunrise Box Office at 244 NW Broad St. in Southern Pines. To take advantage of the $ 15 package, customers must call the Sunrise or purchase tickets in person at the office. The Sunrise Office will be open Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesday and Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Sunrise Theater is a thriving entertainment hub featuring first-run and independent films, music concerts, local theater, and live broadcasts from the Met Opera and Bolshoi Ballet. The Sunrise Theater continues to be the cornerstone of the theater and entertainment arts in the North Carolina Sandhills, dedicated to serving the community.

The Sunrise Theater (The Sunrise Preservation Group Inc.) is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt non-profit organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.

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