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What an Honour!

October 4th, 2015 | 6 Comments »

Site and Insight: Reflecting on Art and Landscape has been honoured with a prestigious Silver Award for electronic media. The award, for the website overall, was given by The Garden Writers’ Association, a large American-based organization that brings together garden writers from around the world.




Site and Insight was one of 231 entries judged by a panel of distinguished members of the gardening, communications and academic communities. Judges evaluated entries for accuracy of information, content, organization, style and originality.

At the annual symposium held this year in Pasadena, California, awards were given in 11 categories, covering print and electronic media. You can find the full list of winners here. 

I am thrilled to be among a group of talented individuals. A BIG thank you goes to Alessandra Salituri of JGA Associates, Montreal, who was with me every step of the way, to Michael Wou and Jenn McIntyre of Origami who were responsible for the logo and general design and to Gabriel McCay of Blue Lotus Creative who made everything work.

On a different topic…

For reasons I don’t understand, an entry I wrote two weeks ago about Charles Jencks’s landforms in Scotland  appeared on some readers’ screens in an unreadable format. At their request I’m re-posting that entry. Happy reading, whether it’s for the first or second time!


A view of one of the landforms at The Garden of Cosmic Speculation, Scotland.




Launching Site and Insight: Reflecting on Art and Landscape

October 10th, 2014 | 9 Comments »
Et, voila! Welcome to the new Glen Villa Gardens website, Site and Insight: Reflecting on Art and Landscape. The new Site and Insight merges my old website and my weekly blog, and adds new features with more information about gardens, landscape and art. I'm delighted with the appearance and the ease with which readers can move through the various sections. At least, that's what I think. But when you are familiar with something, it seems straightforward, and that isn't always the case for a newcomer. So today's post is a short overview of what


Pointing to the present

October 6th, 2014 | No Comments »
Talk about à propos. Recently I came across the words below, written by the great British landscape architect and designer, Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe. They struck a chord -- a loud chord in a major key. The past is now pointing me to a soon-to-be present, with a new website and blog combined. For those of you who receive posts automatically through email, don't worry. The system will continue to work... or so I'm told. If you have difficulties, you can contact me (as of Friday Oct 12) at [email protected] At Glen


Reflecting on Site and Insight

September 29th, 2014 | 4 Comments »
Site and Insight. I've used these words many times in talking about gardens, in thinking about landscapes, in writing about both. Recently I've added a third word to the list. Sight, Site and Insight. This is what art, landscape and design are based on: looking at what surrounds you, observing the lay of the land, the spirit of the place, the conditions that govern it, and then using those observations purposefully to create a space that engages the mind and the emotions. This is what I try to do at Glen Villa. This