Monday, January 09, 2023

Taming the Garden - Sunday 15th January 5pm

Taming The Garden follows the whims of Bidzina Ivanishvili, the ex-president of Georgia. Now a billionaire, he has a hobby. He collects... trees. "But not just any trees: he favours huge, ancient and rare examples that have been a constant in the lives of the people of the Black Sea coast for generations. The chosen trees are gouged out of the ground, leaving raw gashes of stripped topsoil, and transported at vast expense and inconvenience to their new home, the Shekvetili Dendrological Park. …his autocratic whims – part folly, part power flex – are the subject of much debate among the Georgian people." - Wendy Ide, Guardian.