Written by Heleigh Bostwick    Wednesday, 01 March 2017
Flowers in Italy
Have you ever watched a movie or television program and realized that the plants growing or flowers blooming in the background scenery are all wrong?

Flowers in Italy

Have you ever watched a movie or television program and realized that the plants growing or flowers blooming in the background scenery are all wrong? I stumbled across an article in Slate.com that takes a closer look at these garden faux pas and it's kind of interesting. Dubbed "garden fraud" by this particular author, these kinds of mistakes are probably more common than you think.

Take for instance the television show Northern Exposure, a series that was popular back in the early 1990s. It was supposed to take place in Alaska. As a botanist who was working in Alaska at the time, it was obvious to me that the plants were all wrong. Sure enough I found out it was filmed primarily in Washington State.

One of my favorite movies, Enchanted April, also makes a gardening faux pas. It's a beautiful story about four women staying at a villa in Portofino on the Italian Riviera in the 1920s. The astute gardener will notice an array of flowers blooming on the hillsides sloping down to the water's edge--including ones that bloom during different seasons. In real life, roses and sunflowers do not bloom at the same time as daffodils and tulips, do they?

It's not a big deal really, but the next time you view a show take a closer look at the plants and flowers. You might just impress your friends!