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May112013

Meet a New Garden Blogger & Awesome Photographer 

A view of Pat Webster's garden.Please welcome Pat Webster. Her garden blog is titled Glen Villa: Sight and Insight .

Pat is a creative garden designer, erudite landscape lecturer, garden tour guide, amateur historian, artist, talented photographer and innovative sculptor.

She inspires her audiences to look at their own landscapes with fresh eyes and demonstrates how local history, art, and personal stories may be incorporated into landscape design.

Glen Villa Gardens  is the name given to the grounds surrounding her home in North Hatley, Quebec. This bilingual region of Canada, located east of Montreal and west of Quebec City, is known as The Eastern Townships, in English and Les Cantons de L’est, in French.

Thanks to the US Interstate highway grid, this charming corner of North America is easily accessible from the northern American states of New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York.

Plans are underway to open Glen Villa Gardens to the public for one day in July of this year as a fundraiser for the local conservation organization, Massawippi Conservation Trust.

Pat uses the gardens as inspiration for her posts as well as a setting to display her outdoor sculptures. However, readers of her blog and visitors to her professional website will also be impressed by the quality of her photographs and the delightful and informative style of her writing.

A recent post dated April 10, 2013, titled Mud and Maple Syrup, is a visual essay on how this delicious syrup is produced. As a photo documentary, it is classroom-ready.

The lead picture in this photo shoot demonstrates how Pat combines the linear perspective of the trees with the monochromatic late winter landscape to create a haunting work of art. Its vertical composition is reminiscent of the paintings of the geometric abstractionist, Piet Mondrian.

Pat Webster's talented eye is also evident in the beautifully set-up shots of her travels; each one adds to the engaging story-telling of the experiences she shares with her readers.

It has been a delightful journey to visit both Pat's garden blog and her website. Make the same click- trip as I did; you won't be disappointed.

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Reader Comments (3)

Allan, Thank you for this blog post. I greatly appreciate your kind words and generous praise. Could I make one small correction? The blog name is Glen Villa: Site and Insight. The name comes from a phrase I read some years ago, written by John Dixon Hunt of the University of Pennsylvania. He used three terms, sight, site and insight. I think that is good advice for any garden designer. In fact, it's telling me I need to head outside to put my eyes to work!

May 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPat Webster

Pat,
Correction made.
Allan.

May 12, 2013 | Registered CommenterAllan

Quite correct Allan, I certainly was not disappointed.

May 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlistair

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