One night only – June 7 – 6pm!
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The Gardener is a documentary film which reflects on the meaning of gardening. Influential gardener Frank Cabot recounts his personal quest for perfection at his twenty-acre English style garden in the Charlevoix County in Quebec. In 1989, Frank Cabot founded the Garden Conservancy, a nonprofit organization based in Cold Spring, N.Y. that works to preserve America’s most extraordinary private gardens. His Quebec garden, Les Quatre Vents (the Four Winds) is on his family’s estate in La Malbaie, beside the St. Lawrence River. Open four days each summer, it covers more than 20 acres and is widely considered one of the most ambitious private gardens in North America, if not the world. The film is set in this extraordinary garden.
Followed by a q&a with Virginia Weiler & Davyd Foard Hood.
Virginia Weiler and Davyd Foard Hood will lead a Q&A following the film. Virginia is a garden and landscape photographer whose images have appeared in national and regional gardening publications such as Horticulture, Organic Gardening, Better Homes and Gardens SIP, Forbes Life, and Brookgreen Gardens. She was the principal photographer for two books, The Gardens of Salem and Piedmont Land Conservancy’s Forever These Lands. At the invitation of Frank Cabot, Virginia visited and photographed the Cabot garden Les Quatre Vents, spending a week on the grounds to capture its singular beauty. Virginia has photographed private and public gardens in the Southeast and Canada.
Davyd Foard Hood, an architectural and landscape historian and resident of Vale, North Carolina specializes in the history of buildings and gardens of the late-19th and early-20th century. He has written, lectured, and published in these areas and is now engaged on a history of Colonial Revival gardens in Virginia. He was long a member and co-chair of the committee for the biennial Restoring Southern Gardens & Landscapes Conferences held in Old Salem and since 1994 book review editor for the Southern Garden History Society quarterly Magnolia.
Davyd and Virginia cemented their friendship on a tour of Italian Renaissance gardens in 1993.