Welcome to the GVAG Blog

This overview of the sunny side of Bosco della Ragnaia illustrates how the garden maker has played with perspective and historic precedence.

Bosco della Ragnaia: A Garden for the Mind

Gardens and the peace they can bring are much on my mind today, as the number of people infected with COVID-19 continues to grow.  It is a fact that gardens can heal the body as well as the mind. Research from around the world tells us that even brief contacts with nature are beneficial, lowering…

Read more
starting (1 of 1)

The Upper Room in 2020

The Upper Room is the memorial I created to remember and honour my mother. Designed to reflect the things most important to her — her family, her religious beliefs and her dedication to Virginia and its institutions —  the Upper Room is a small formal area set amidst a natural forest on a hillside above…

Read more
The colour of the soil gives you an idea of its quality -- not great.

Planting the North South Arrow

Last week I wrote about the genesis of the North South Arrow, the new area we are planting at Glen Villa, describing how the concept for the area changed over time. Today I’m writing about the plants I chose and how I decided to arrange them. Jacques had warned me that the soil on site…

Read more
The grassy path around the stone circle would be about 10 feet wide and the planting beds roughly the same.

The North South Arrow

Months ago, when we were rebuilding the foundation wall of Glen Villa Inn, the huge resort hotel that once stood on our property, I began thinking of a new planting area to complement the new wall. A photo taken shortly after the hotel burned down in 1909 showed plants arranged around the low stone wall…

Read more
aqui with spirea (1 of 1)

Flowers, Fields and Food

An assortment of photos shows the variety of what is happening now at Glen Villa, my garden in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. Flowers are blooming everywhere. One that I am particularly fond of is columbine. The native variety, Aquilegia canadensis, grows freely in many spots in the garden. In the photo below, it complements the colour palette…

Read more