Award Winning documentary film about Russell’s Garden Center is showing at Wayland High School on April 10 at 7:00 PM

The Award Winning, feature documentary film about Russell’s Garden Center called “Growing Through COVID-19” was written and directed by 2011 Wayland High graduate Genevieve (Genna) Skehan.

Filmed in real time as the pandemic unfolded, this emotionally uplifting film follows the owners of Russell’s, a 144-year-old, 5th generation, Garden Center based in Wayland Mass. In March of 2020, the family seriously considered shutting down their historic family business forever. What happens next is truly inspiring.

Winning “Best Feature Documentary” at the Boston International Film Festival and nominated for “Best Original Documentary Score” at the International Sound & Music Festival in Croatia, this film has been shown internationally at film festivals. Genevieve is thrilled to have her first public screening at Wayland High School where she began her film career her senior year with her WHS movie, “The Barn”.

As a community outreach, a portion of ticket sales will benefit WayCam (Wayland Community Media Center). There will be a Question-and-Answer Session immediately following the film led by Director Genevieve Skehan, Producer Elizabeth Russell-Skehan, main characters Tim & Dan Skehan and others.

To watch a trailer and read about the film visit For tickets to “Growing Through Covid-19” go to (click on date and time of show, all tickets will be sold in advance through this website)

“This intimate story of a family and a garden center under siege is supported by beautiful cinematography and underscored by a tender suite of original music. It’s a heartfelt film that offers big insight about the hidden gifts of the pandemic.” Joyce Kulhawik (Emmy award-winning movie & theater critic).


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