Friday, March 6, 2009

Gardens at Les Quatre Vents

Have you ever heard of this place? I can't find a whole lot of photos but here are a few. Just click on the title of this post. Amazon has a book called The Greater Perfection, but it is very expensive. I have looked through it at Borders. Its a very large book too. It has to be one of the most amazing gardens in the world!!!

Here is the forward from Hortus Press.

The Greater Perfection - Foreword

Les Quatre Vents, in Charlevoix County, Quebec, has been acclaimed as the most aesthetically satisfying and horticulturally exciting landscape experience in North America. This finely wrought set of gardens nestles in rolling farmland between the shore of the St. Lawrence River and the margins of the boreal forest. Elements drawn from the best gardening traditions are seamlessly combined with the original and the unexpected into a splendid composition that nevertheless "belongs" perfectly in its natural setting. The work of a consummate plantsman endowed with an artist's eye, Les Quatre Vents celebrates that purest of human pleasures, the making of a garden.
The Greater Perfection transports the reader into the extraordinary setting that is Les Quatre Vents and illustrates the sequence of delights, diversions, surprises and allusions that await a visitor to the gardens. As the "autobiography" of the garden (eloquently "ghosted" by its maker), the book also chronicles the family origins of Les Quatre Vents and the more personal story of its expansion during the last quarter of the twentieth century.

The early garden grew around a house built in 1928 by the author's parents and was shaped by his two architect uncles in the 1930s and 1950s. However, it was only in 1975 that Les Quatre Vents began to be developed and enlarged in the hands of Frank Cabot. His account of the influences, challenges, problems, and pleasures that went into this task reveals the fascinating process behind the creation of a world-class garden that today has become a mecca for horticultural enthusiasts from every part of the globe.

Breathtaking color photographs by five leading garden photographers document the masterly "bones", architectural features, and inspired planting that characterize Les Quatre Vents, in intimate closeups and spectacular long views. Many elements of the garden appear in photographs for the first time, particularly those taken in the fall, winter, and spring, when the gardens are rarely visited. All demonstrate the sensitivity with which the garden combines with the natural landscape and offer an invitation to savor an exquisite garden experience.


Frances said...

Hi Michelle, all I can say is WOW! That Watercourse, and all the other features shown are fabulous. I have never heard of this garden on our own continent, thanks for the eye opener! I'll see if our library can order that book too.
Frances at Fairegarden

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

I haven't heard of it, but it does look gorgeous. Wouldn't it be fun to go see it in person!

Betsy said...

I have heard of it, years ago a gardening guru from Ann Arbor (can't recall his name) spoke (with his own slides) at our Master Gardener banquet about this intriguing garden and the artistic techniques involved in the various features, and I always wanted to visit there. I guess now, with the book, there will be all sorts of tourists.
Reminds me I need to get my passport updated.