As I drove to work this morning, I listened to the end of the book I mentioned last week, The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups. As I listened to the last chapter, an idea for how to resolve the cliffhanger I left you with last week began to play itself out in my head. What if Little Prince actually was a show, about a nursery that grows beautiful plants on 20 acres by the Willamette River near Portland, Oregon. That could be a show, right? If you’re a sceptic, you might be saying, “yeah, right, what would the show be about? Would it be a drama? A comedy? Who would the characters be”?
It would be a show about us, and episodes would be about what happens every day at Little Prince. “Oh”, you say, “a show about nothing…that’s been done before”.
“No”, I reply, “It would be about all the little things that happen each day that make us who we are. It would be about the culture we’ve created at Little Prince, and people will love it!” Think The Office meets Seinfeld, meets 24.”
“Really”, you say. “24?” “This isn’t some Jack Bauer fantasy playing out in your brain with guns, is it?”
No, no, no guns, but there will be some high drama along with the comedy, for sure!
“And you all play yourselves”?
“No, of course not! We have to keep growing great plants. Actors will play our characters. Here’s the synopsis”.
The show is set at the nursery, and filming will take place during the work day. The part of Mike Hicks, our head grower, will be played by Peyton Manning. Mike is a huge Denver Bronco’s fan, and this will be Manning’s first role as a character actor in a leading role. The part Ryan Seely will be played by Christian Bale. Ryan is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met, and he’s tremendously good at what he does. Bale will be able to bring out those qualities well. Ketch de Kanter will be played by Jake Gyllenhaal, an actor known for taking risks in the roles he portrays. Ketch is an incredible businessman. He steers the ship so well, having a vision for where we are headed, and has assembled a team of people with skills to reach our goals. We’ve created a culture that reflects his values, which are “family first, and make Little Prince a fun and happy place to work, along with providing income to support our families.”
This brings me to the newest member of our team, and the moment you’ve all been waiting for. Joan Dudney is a talented, energetic person who shares our vision and goals for Little Prince. Joan comes to us from Bizon Nursery, where she was the Logistics Coordinator and Marketing Director. I know its not easy when key personnel leave an organization, and we thank Bizon for the gracious and supporting way they have sent Joan off. The part of Joan in our show was going be played by Jessica Chastain, who often plays the part of confident, strong women in roles from Zero Dark Thirty to The Martian. However, at the last minute, we’ve decided that Lady Gaga would be perfect to play the role of Joan. Her performance in A Star Is Born was magnificent and Oscar worthy so you should definitely go see it! We are certain that Joan was a perfect choice for the role we need her to fill here at Little Prince. She is warm and friendly, really smart, and knows how important it is to have fun while you work. We are so happy that she has joined our team!
The part of Reggie Hunter, our amazing office manager, head baker and surrogate mom will be played by Helen Mirren, who pulled of playing Queen Elizabeth, is currently playing Catherine the Great in an upcoming film and was amazing in the BBC series Prime Suspect.
As for me, of course, it’s Kiefer Sutherland. You may not know this, but Ketch has nicknamed me “Jack” here at Little Prince, not because of any guns, but because I’m a resourceful guy who always figures out a way to get the job done.
I’m out the door to put the bows up on a greenhouse today, trying to take advantage of one more day without rain. I walked through the nursery yesterday taking photos for an upcoming presentation called ‘Fantastic groundcovers and where to find them” which I’ll be giving in Seattle at the Highline Garden this Thursday evening. We still have SO MANY cool plants available, and many would be great to keep your benches stocked with through the fall and winter. We look forward to hearing from you this week!