Last night at Stromness Town Hall George Anderson from TV’s Beechgrove Garden entertained over sixty people at an event run by Stromness Community Garden. This isn’t the first time the Beechgrove Garden has come to Stromness, over a decade ago the team came to Gunnie Moberg’s garden at Don, Outertown. In the archive we have the footage from April 2003 of Gunnie in her garden. Watch it here.
images above: Gunnie Moberg double exposures taken at Don, Outertown 1996-97
In the piece Gunnie talked about the prevailing wind direction at Don (all four) and the challenges of gardening in such an exposed site ‘There is nothing between me and Canada’. She also talked about her inclination to give up photography to concentrate on gardening, and how photographer and friend Fay Godwin had helped her see what was happening ‘I know what you are going to do, make a garden and photograph it’. Gunnie Moberg refers in the programme as these later photographs of flowers as being her own artwork, not illustration for a newspaper or a book but taken for herself. At one point in the clip Gunnie shows her workbook of garden plans – her planting schemes and dreams. This book is now part of the Gunnie Moberg Archive and here are some of the pages.
image: Gunnie Moberg. Honesty c.2002
Gardener Rosa Steppanova wrote an obituary for Gunnie which can be read here.