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Open Garden Day Success

July 22nd, 2019 | 18 Comments »

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.

Words on the Land

July 7th, 2019 | 8 Comments »
I deliberately made the questions difficult to read in order to slow people down.
A picture is worth a thousand words, or so the old saying goes. But sometimes a word says all that needs to be said. Or perhaps, more than a thousand pictures can convey. Words label each section of Timelines, the 2.9 km trail that we are opening to the public for the first time on July 20, as a fund-raiser for the Massawippi Foundation. (You can buy your tickets by clicking here.) Words begin the journey at In Transit/En Route, where signs ask questions   [caption id="attachment_7711" align="alignleft" width="5184"] I deliberately


Favourite Things

June 27th, 2019 | 6 Comments »
The many petals of this peony capture raindrops.
Sometimes, pictures of pretty flowers are enough. I took these photos in a garden in Knowlton, Quebec that I visited last week. It was a grey, rainy day but the gardens were glorious! The flowers in one garden were the stars of the day.   [caption id="attachment_7653" align="alignleft" width="5184"] Raindrops on roses are nice. Raindrops on peonies are even better. I'm not sure how to rank whiskers on kittens.[/caption]   Bright copper kettles are no competition for the WOW! of this poppy. Talk about gorgeous!   [caption id="attachment_7652" align="alignleft" width="3765"] The


Open Garden Day Tickets on Sale!

May 20th, 2019 | No Comments »
Saturday, July 20 is the day and you are invited!   Come and explore the wonders of the garden and landscape when Glen Villa opens to the public as a fundraiser for the Massawippi Foundation and Conservation Trust. All proceeds from your admission fee go to support land conservation, community projects and a network of trails that lead through pristine woodlands, preserved in perpetuity by the Conservation Trust. Buy your tickets now for a morning or afternoon visit!      

You are Invited! July 20, 2019

April 14th, 2019 | 5 Comments »
skating pond (1 of 1)
On Saturday, July 20, you are invited to visit Glen Villa -- to explore the gardens, fields and forests and to help support an important community cause. Visit the China Terrace, where an old resort hotel has been delightfully re-imagined.     Enjoy the rich assortment of wild life that lives at the Skating Pond.     Walk alongside the Aqueduct and take in the fragrance of flowers that bloom in abundance.     Admire the sculptures and art installations that enrich the landscape.   [caption id="attachment_368" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Bridge Ascending, 2011, by Doucet-Saito[/caption]  


Now for a Rest!

July 31st, 2017 | 14 Comments »
As the day began, I snapped one photo of cars parked in the field. It was the last photo I took for the day.
The last few weeks have been busy. Preparing the garden for visiting groups and getting everything in place for Saturday's Open Garden Day has been fun, but also a lot of work. And now that August is here, I'm ready to put my feet up -- for a day or two, at least. But first, I want to thank the 20 volunteers who worked at the Open Garden Day. They made the day a success, and I couldn't have done it without them. The weather cooperated beautifully, and the day


You are Invited!

July 23rd, 2017 | 6 Comments »
It's less than a week until our second annual Open Garden Day. I'm ready for it, bilingual volunteers are prepped, and the garden is looking fine. So I hope I'll see you here, next Saturday between 10 and 4. There's no need to reserve a spot, and all are welcome, with admission payable on site. (No dogs or picnics, please.) Here are the details.     And here's a preview of what you'll see. The Cascade by the house ...   [caption id="attachment_5399" align="aligncenter" width="1425"] The yellow Ligularia add a nice


Open Garden Day 2017

May 14th, 2017 | 3 Comments »
Glen Villa Open House 2017 eng 1200x800
I'm happy to announce that once again this year, we are opening the garden at Glen Villa as a fundraiser for the Massawippi Foundation. Here are the details.     As you can see, the admission goes directly to our local community foundation, Fondation Massawippi Foundation. The Foundation supports community projects -- school playgrounds, a community health centre, meals to shut-ins and seniors and much more. It also supports land conservation through the Massawippi Conservation Trust. In the few short years since the Trust was established, almost 800 acres of


Opening Day

August 5th, 2016 | 10 Comments »
The Massawippi Foundation supports community projects in five muncipalities around Lake Massawippi.
Yesterday's Open Garden Day was a fabulously exhausting experience. Some 325 people attended, and the feed-back was incredibly positive. Best of all, we raised over $6000  for the Massawippi Foundation -- which means we can keep building trails through the land we've conserved, opening to the public a beautiful area previously inaccessible and helping more and  more people appreciate the richness that surrounds us. There were only a few wrinkles, and thankfully not one was serious. We learned some things that will make next year's Open Day even better -- that is,


My Favourite Place in the Garden

July 29th, 2016 | 14 Comments »
We've had very little rain in the last month or more, so water is only trickling through the elevated channel. Even so, there is enough to give the sound of water that prompted us to build this feature.
For the last few weeks, everything and everyone at Glen Villa has been focused on preparing for the first (annual?) Open Garden Day on August 4. Twenty volunteers are primed and ready to go, each assigned to a three hour time slot and to a specific area in the garden. When one of the volunteers asked me which area of the garden was my favourite, I was at a loss. How can I pick one place when I love them all? The history associated with the China Terrace fascinates me.