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Jardin des Quatre Vents

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Patricia Shapiro24-Jul-01 03:10 PM EST 5a   
The Budding Poet25-Jul-01 03:38 AM EST 5a   
Robert Moores15-May-05 07:16 AM EST   
Doris18-May-05 10:41 PM EST   
Patricia19-May-05 05:47 PM EST 5   
Patricia19-May-05 06:10 PM EST 5   

Subject: Jardin des Quatre Vents
From: Patricia Shapiro
Zone: 5a
Date: 24-Jul-01 03:10 PM EST

Have you ever visited the Jardin des Quatres Vents in La Malbaie, Quebec? Location: about 2 hours east of Quebec City, on the north shore of the St. Lawrence. The owner's family name is Cabot. I believe he is American. The garden is said to be amazing, with features such as lifesized mechanical sculpures, which move when visitors trip an electric eye. Please tell me anything you can about this garden. Thanks!

Subject: RE: Jardin des Quatre Vents
From: The Budding Poet
Zone: 5a
Date: 25-Jul-01 03:38 AM EST


Friends (the Reillys) toured Les Quatres Vents at la Malbaie, Quebec last fall and they say it is spectacular ( almost as nice as your garden). Phil, with the Garden Writers of America had to visit several inspirational gardens in Quebec(Some guys have terrible jobs). He has a new talk and slide presentation on them. We should book him for an inspirational evening next winter.

Quatre Vents is considered the most beautiful private garden in Canada. Rarely opened to the public (or anyone else), his masterpiece has spectacular woodland gardens, Japanese gardens, and breathtaking formal gardens. Francis Cabot is a master of integrating his hilltop garden with the surrounding views that include the expansive St. Lawrence River. Quatre Vents has been called Canada's Sissinghurst

Francis Cabot has just written a book about it and is the same amazing plantsman who we are so indebted to for founding the Garden Conservancy about ten years ago. He was recently honoured by AHS and NARGS. Here is his short bio

Looking forward to your garden party.

Subject: RE: Jardin des Quatre Vents
From: Robert Moores
Date: 15-May-05 07:16 AM EST

I understand that tours are available only 4 times per year. Do you know where I can get more information or a web site that provides details? Thanks in advance.


Subject: RE: Jardin des Quatre Vents
From: Doris
Date: 18-May-05 10:41 PM EST

Never been there, But Cullens garden in Whitby Ont is just beautifull/ It is a miniature town with beautiful floweres and shrubs , changes evry season. I have not seen it in a long time but hope it is still there

Subject: RE: Jardin des Quatre Vents
From: Patricia (
Zone: 5
Date: 19-May-05 05:47 PM EST

Cullen Gardens and Jardin des Quatres Vents are both lovely gardens but not in the same class at all. Quatre Vents is probably one of the best half-dozen private gardens in North America. It is the property of Mr. Frank Cabot and his family has gardened there for several generations. Go to the library and ask for the book: "The Greater Perfection" written by Frank Cabot. This book is about Quatre Vents.

Subject: RE: Jardin des Quatre Vents
From: Patricia (
Zone: 5
Date: 19-May-05 06:10 PM EST

Attention: Robert Moores. Try calling a B & B called La Chatelaine in the village of Pointe-au-Pic in the Charlevoix region of Quebec. 418-665=4064 The owner, a lady called Louise who is fluently bilingual, knows Frank Cabot and les Quatres Vents very well. This is a fantastic B & B, by the way. If you have a group, like a garden club, Quatres Vents will open just for you. Two summers ago, we took about 14 members of the Manotick Horticultural Society (just outside Ottawa) We all stayed together in a couple of B & Bs, and we went to Quatres Vents. An amazing experience.

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