A Behind-The-Scenes Look at a Movie Garden

Robot + Frank, a Samuel Goldwyn Films release, follows the story of Frank Weld (played by Frank Langella), a “retired” thief living in upstate New York in the near future. He faces a bevy of life and health problems while living alone. When his son buys him a “VGC-60L” robot aide to take care of him, Frank’s life takes an interesting turn: Robot attempts to make him happier and healthier by cooking, cleaning—and building him a vegetable garden.

Eager to learn more about Robot’s garden-to-table mentality, Stacey, a contributing editor at Gardenista, turned to Sharon Lomofsky, the film’s production designer. “I think it’s a commentary on the future when we don’t go to the store and buy a vegetables,” she says. Instead, “we go out and grow vegetables again.”

Read on to learn more about the creation of the garden and to see a few of Sharon’s exclusive behind-the-scenes photos.

Above: Robot waters the thriving vegetable garden, for which Sharon says they planted tomatoes, eggplants, chiles, radishes, herbs, carrots, and zucchini squash. All photos taken by Sharon Lomofsky.

Above: When considering the shape of the vegetable garden, Sharon explains that Jake, the film’s director, envisioned a circle. “He wanted this to be a robotic shape,” she says. “A manmade implant on a natural garden.” She and the art department took aluminum edging and created circles for the exterior.

Above: Sharon said the garden was a fun set to conceptualize, design, and make. She worked closely with New York-based greensman Will Sheck on the process.

Above: The completed project.

To more inspiring gardens, visit Gardenista‘s posts A Garden in Dorset, In Full Bloom and Shiva Rose’s Rustic LA Garden.


Danuta Watola
Danuta W4 years ago

Thank you for posting this article.

Cindy Rhodes
Cindy Rhodes5 years ago

this has gotten me more excited about how close I am to planting my annual small veggie garden, I can hardly wait!!

Harshiita Sharma
Harshita Sharma5 years ago


Chrissie H
Chrissie H5 years ago

Glad they didn't cheat with fake plants,the real ones look so healthy and much more effective.

Aditya n.
Aditya n5 years ago


Christine Stewart

Nice, a real garden! I would have thought they would have "cheated" with full grown plants, pots hidden in the ground.

Sue H.
Sue H5 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Vicky P.
Vicky P5 years ago

nice :)

Debra Griffin
Missy G5 years ago


Terry V.
Terry V5 years ago