Gardening with Soul

DVD Release: April 15, 2014
Gardening with Soul


“Gardening with Soul” is a feature-length documentary that follows a year in the garden with 90-year-old Sister Loyola Galvin. Sister Loyola’s optimism is infectious and it’s fed every day by her love of gardening. Themes of faith, aging and compassion sit alongside the practicalities of community life, issues within the Catholic Church and the importance of good compost in this intimate, funny and moving portrait of a woman approaching the end of her life.

Dove Review

Sister Loyola is a wonderful, charming woman who, in this documentary, discusses her life as a nun and her love of gardening. In her conversation she talks about her family and their reaction to her decision to become a nun. She reveals her strong opinions about the church and its issues. We meet the people she interacts with now and some of those from the past, and we hear her feelings about the young children she has met.

The Sister is an inspirational woman who displays her love, faith and beliefs to the world around her. She has deep thoughts about how important it is to have God in one’s life. This story is one of encouragement from a woman who has shown throughout her 90 years all her faith, love and hard work.

We are proud to award this documentary with the Dove “Faith-Friendly” Seal for ages 12+.

Content Description

Faith: None
Violence: Discussion about men lost in war.
Sex: Discussion regarding unmarried women who had babies in the early years; discussion regarding the sexual misconduct of priests in the church.
Language: "For God's Sake" used in reverence.
Violence: Discussion about men lost in war.
Drugs: None
Nudity: Very mild cleavage of a visitor.
Other: Discussion regarding children who had deformities or were taken away from mothers right after birth and given to nuns.


Company: Heart and Soul Media Inc
Writer: Jess Feast
Director: Jess Feast
Producer: Vicky Pope
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 95 min.
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe