Many people have asked when we will be opening the garden to the public this year.
The sad news is, we won’t. This summer we are working on various garden projects that need time to settle in. But I hope that in 2019 we will have one — or maybe two — open garden days.
Many people have also asked about where and when I’ll be speaking. Coming up on July 27, I’ll be in Kingston, Ontario, as the keynote speaker for the Ontario Horticultural Society’s annual meeting. September sees me in England, where I’ll be touring gardens in East Anglia and the Cotswolds with a group of Canadian and American gardeners.
In January, I’ll be speaking in Ottawa, then in Boston and vicinity in February and April, and in the Eastern Townships in May.
Personally, I am very happy with my newest presentation, Learning to Look: the Art of Garden Observation. In this talk I look at some often neglected points about how to really see what works and what doesn’t in a garden, and how to apply the ideas at home.
Do get in touch if you want more information — or if you want to discuss booking a talk.
It's fascinating to see plants you think of as house plants growing outside. During a recent trip to Florida, I visited a friend and took a quick walk around her garden. The colours and textures were astonishing. I can't name any of the plants, although they may be familiar to those of you who live in warmer climes. Nameless or not, I loved what I saw, particularly the large-leafed beauties below. Who can resist a shape like this rounded indentation? And the colour contrast was delicious.
For a year or more I've been thinking about opening the garden to the public. Last week I bit the bullet and announced that on August 4, I'll be holding an Open Garden Day. The Open Garden Day is a fundraiser for Fondation Massawippi Foundation, a community organization that supports land conservation and special projects in the communities that border Lake Massawippi. Visitors will be asked either to join the Foundation or to make a voluntary contribution. Will there be hundreds of people or only a handful? I have no idea. But I hope there will be