The rich sounds of the cello could be heard from the Lower Garden right up to the Upper Field. No question, the music added to the special atmosphere.

Open Garden Day Success

On Saturday July 20, over 300 people visited Glen Villa to view the garden and walk Timelines, the 3km trail that opened for the first time.

The day was exhausting because of the heat and humidity but it was exhilarating to welcome so many people to the garden and to hear how much they enjoyed the experience. Many visitors commented on how well organized we were. For this, I have to thank the 24 volunteers who worked at the registration desk and at various spots around the garden.

Of all the volunteers, I want to send a particular thank you to John Hay. John made the signs that led people through the garden so easily. He worked at the registration desk all day long, coming early to set up and staying late to shut down. Along with Jacques Gosselin and Ken Kelso, his role in the day was essential.

John was already on site at the registration desk when I took this photo at 6:45.
John was already on site at the registration desk when I took this photo at 6:45.

 

Special thanks as well go to Catherine Walker and Gary Ross who volunteered to add music to the occasion. Catherine played the cello in the morning and Gary joined her on cello in the afternoon.

 

The rich sounds of the cello could be heard from the Lower Garden right up to the Upper Field. No question, the music added to the special atmosphere.
The rich sounds of the cello could be heard from the Lower Garden right up to the Upper Field. Many visitors commented on how much the music added to their pleasure.

 

Before the gates opened at 9am, I took a quick ride through Timelines to make sure everything was looking good. I started at In Transit/En Route, where walkers encounter a series of questions.

 

In Transit/En Route leads to a clearing in the woods that we call The Sundial.
This sign, the third of four, asks people to consider where they are in the present moment. The design of the sign is based on the traditional Chinese view of the world as a square held within a circular universe.

 

In the Seigneurie field, planted this year for the first time in long narrow strips to reflect the system of land division used along the St. Lawrence River, the canola was in full bloom and the flax just beginning.

 

This photo taken by a cousin shows deer almost swallowed up in the field.
This photo taken by a cousin later in the day shows deer munching on the canola, looking as if  the canola is swallowing them in turn.

 

Graham Moodie snapped a photo of me in the gaitor. Graham helped in 2016 and 2017 when we opened the garden and returned this year for the third time, one of many volunteers who have done this.  He spent the day walking through the garden, making sure other volunteers and visitors were okay, and on his rounds, he took the photos that follow.

I looked fresh and happy at the beginning of the day.
I looked fresh and happy at the beginning of the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I spent the day on a covered terrace near the house, talking to the  visitors and enjoying their company.

 

Two of the 300+ visitors walk down the steps beside the Cascade.
Two of the 300+ visitors walk down the steps beside the Cascade.

We opened the garden as a fund-raiser for the Massawippi Foundation and on those grounds alone, it was a huge success, raising almost $10,000 to support the Foundation’s over-arching goal: A Green and Prosperous Massawippi Valley.

Thank you to the journalists and garden lovers who spread the news — your publicity was vital to the success of the day.  And what a day it was — unusually hot and humid. But despite the weather, people came. So to each and everyone one of you, visitors and volunteers alike, bravo!

We look to welcoming you again in 2021.

  • Mary Soderstrom

    Such a great day and a great garden! Thanks for sharing it with us.

    • siteandinsight

      I’m glad you and Lee were able to come and only wish we’d had time to chat. Another visit, another time perhaps.

  • Lisa Wagner

    It was a wonderful garden to visit! I was so glad to have the opportunity to walk the trails, enjoy chatting with you and some of the other visitors, and soak in the experience of Glen Villa that you shared with us.

    Timelines was impressive; I especially like your maple sugar shack installation in the forest…

    • siteandinsight

      That’s one of my favourites, too.

  • Ann Macaulay

    VERY many congratulations to you Pat and your amazing team!
    Ann Macaulay

    • siteandinsight

      Thanks, Ann. It was a good day, despite the heat.

  • Glade to hear it was a big success and fun was had by all!

    • siteandinsight

      If only we’d had a lemonade stand, we’d have doubled the profits!

  • Cornelia Molson

    It was a wonderful treat. Such vision you have. Thanks for sharing it.

    • siteandinsight

      Thanks for coming, Cornelia. I’m sorry not to have seen you. Another time, perhaps.

  • Congratulations on your successful open garden day! I’m sure doing it during this weekend’s heat wave added an extra layer of challenge.

    • siteandinsight

      It was incredibly hot and humid and I admire everyone who braved the conditions.

  • Congrats! Wish we could have been there.

    • siteandinsight

      I wish you could have been, too. Another year, perhaps!

  • What a wonderful place :) Congratulations on such a successful day :)

    • siteandinsight

      Thanks, Nikkiann. It’s as close to paradise as I’ll ever get!

  • Libby

    Timelines…….such a rich name. It has been wondrous to watch the changes you have wrought over recent years.

    • siteandinsight

      I considered many names before settling on Timelines — my granddaughter suggested I use it and I followed her lead.