Design Lessons from British Gardens
Gardens in Britain are often called the best in the world. But why? Pat Webster shares her insights. Based on years of visiting gardens in England, Scotland and Wales — and with outstanding photographs to illustrate her points — she identifies some key characteristics that we can apply in our own gardens, regardless of size.
The Story of Glen Villa: Creating a Personal Landscape
Join fellow gardener Pat Webster on a virtual tour of Glen Villa, her 750-acre country property in North Hatley, Quebec. With Pat as your guide, visit the China Terrace, where remnants from the 19th century resort hotel that once stood on the site mingle with romantic plantings to create a unique garden ‘room.’ Linger at The Skating Pond, The Asian Meadow, or one of the many other parts of the garden where Pat mixes horticultural, history and art to create a landscape that will inspire you to discover creative ways to transform your own garden into a space that more fully reflects your personality and interests.
Art in the Garden: What, Where and Why
From elaborate marble statues to humble garden implements, art in our gardens expresses our personal taste and reveals how we relate to the world around us. Using photographs from gardens across North America and Europe, Pat Webster examines how we can incorporate art into our gardens – and what happens when we do. She explores the many types of garden art, both permanent and ephemeral, and examines how our choices about colour, shape and location affect our emotional response to the gardens we love.
Site and Insight: The Art of Observation
Sometimes we visit gardens for the pleasure alone; sometimes we are searching for ideas to incorporate into our own. Whatever the motivation, approaching a garden visit thoughtfully allows us to take full advantage of the experience. Pat Webster leads us through gardens in Europe and North America, helping us to see what we are seeing. She provides some guidelines – basic and not so basic – that enhance our understanding and that will make future garden visits more memorable and more enjoyable.
Seeing Double: Reflecting Surfaces in Garden Design
Victorian gardeners often used gazing balls to reflect the view – and the viewer. Pat Webster brings this idea out of the past and into the present day, suggesting a variety of ways we can use reflective materials in our gardens. She ‘reflects’ on the different qualities that mirrors, glass and water surfaces bring to a garden and gives practical advice about how best to use these elements in gardens large and small.
English Gardens: Discovering the Genius of a Place
For some people, an English garden is a cottage with roses rambling around the doorstep; for others it is Gertrude Jekyll look alike, or a Capability Brown country estate. Pat Webster looks at a range of gardens, from Sussex to Scotland, Cornwall to Kent, to discover how each type of garden speaks to the ‘genius loci’ – the spirit of the place. She situates each garden within its time and context, explains what motivated its creation, and its creator, and in the process helps us to understand what makes English gardens such special places.
Italian Gardens: Touring a Tour de force
Italian gardens shaped European garden design for centuries, and their influence continues today. Join Pat Webster as she leads us through some spectacular Italian gardens that date from Renaissance times to the present day. Using photographs from grand estates and smaller gardens, from finished works of art to those still in progress, she points out the essential elements that make these gardens such impressive masterworks and narrates some of the history behind them. Finally, she suggests how we can incorporate these elements in our own gardens, to create our own brilliant tours de force.