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Recreating Eden: Seasons One & Two

on Lifestyle TV
by Press Release
February 28, 2006

Recreating Eden: Seasons One & Two Mondays, starting March 6, 9 p.m. and 1 a.m. ET, 26/30 mins.

Lives in full bloom

Just in time for spring: VisionTV presents gardening biography series Recreating Eden

Why do we garden?

What is it about the act of planting and cultivating a little piece of paradise in our own backyards that brings such a powerful sense of renewal - especially after the long, chill winter months?

Recreating Eden, a Gemini Award-winning series that makes its VisionTV premiere in March - just in time for spring - is all about the people who create gardens, and the transforming effect that this pursuit has upon their lives.

VisionTV presents the critically acclaimed first and second seasons of Recreating Eden on Mondays, starting March 6, at 9 p.m. and 1 a.m. ET. The program repeats during the daytime on Tuesdays, starting March 7, at 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. ET.

Produced by Winnipeg, Man.-based Merit Motion Pictures, Recreating Eden is a series of intimate portraits of gardeners from Canada and around the world. As they share the stories of their gardens, the show's subjects reveal much about their own personal and spiritual lives.

Those featured in seasons one and two include: poet Patrick Lane, whose garden in Victoria, B.C. was instrumental to his recovery from alcoholism; legendary Hollywood hairstylist Art Luna, whose first and greatest passion is for designing gardens; former Toronto landscape architect Laura Berman, who now creates local gardens for people in need; and David Kamp, a creator of restorative gardens, whose 9/11 memorial in Pennsylvania is helping to heal an entire community.

Said Producer Merit Jensen Carr: "For each person featured on the series, creating a garden has been part of a spiritual journey. What we have tried to capture is the power of beauty and nature to transform lives and communities."

In addition to acquiring the first two seasons of Recreating Eden (26 episodes in total), VisionTV is working with Merit Motion Pictures on the production of an all-new third season, slated for premiere later in 2006. The 11 new half-hours have been filmed in Canada, Israel, India, Chile, France, Hawaii and Scotland.

Said Chris Johnson, VisionTV's Senior Vice President, Programming: "There are many gardening shows that explain how to garden. Recreating Eden is about why people garden: the profound spiritual inspiration that they derive from nurturing their own small corner of the natural world. The series is wonderfully appropriate to VisionTV."

Recreating Eden earned a Gemini Award in 2004 for Best Direction in a Lifestyle/Practical Information Program or Series, as well as a Golden Sheaf Award for Best Documentary Series at the 2005 Yorkton Short Film & Video Festival and a Silver Remi for Best Leisure and Recreation - Film & Video Production at the 2004 Houston WorldFest.

VisionTV (www.visiontv.ca) is a multi-faith and multicultural broadcaster dedicated to programming that celebrates diversity and promotes understanding and tolerance among people of different faiths and cultures.

Merit Motion Pictures (www.meritmotionpictures.com) is passionate about stories that reflect the comedy, the drama and the pathos of the human experience. Stories that entertain, enlighten and teach us how we can learn to better understand ourselves and others. The company has provided innovative, high-concept documentary and lifestyle television programming to many broadcasters including CBC, CTV, Turner Network Television, Alliance Atlantis Broadcasting and many others.

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