The Gardener is a visually stunning new documentary film. Written and directed by Sébastien Chabot, The Gardener is a reflection on the meaning of gardening and features influential gardener and horticulturist, the late Frank Cabot. In the film, Cabot, founder of the nonprofit The Garden Conservancy, recounts his personal quest for perfection at his twenty-acre English style garden – Les Quatre Vents (The Four Winds), aka Cabot Garden, located in the Charlevoix region near Quebec City. The film also features commentary by Cabot’s wife – Anne P. Cabot, his son – Colin Cabot, Penelope Hobhouse, Adrienne Clarkson, Jean Des Gagniers, Raynald Bergeron, Father Louis Genest CSV and Tim Richardson.
Frank Cabot, who died in 2011, just a year after being interviewed for the film, was an army veteran and a graduate of Harvard who described himself modestly as a “horticultural enthusiast.” Gardens Illustrated described him as: “…part eccentric, part scholar; a thinker, a gatherer of ideas, a plantsman, and a patron… above all, as is essential to all great gardeners, he is a visionary.”
Frank Cabot’s grandmother left him the Malbaie property in 1965 after which time Cabot began to focus less on the investment and venture capital firm in which he was a partner and began spending more time between the garden at Malbaie and Stonecrop – his garden at home in Cold Spring, NY which opened to the public in 1992.
Among his many awards and accolades, Cabot received the Garden Club of America’s 2006 Achievement Award for “the greatest horticultural accomplishment in America in the last half-century.”
Frank Cabot founded The Garden Conservancy in 1989 after a visit to Ruth Bancroft’s stunning dry garden in Walnut Creek, California. In 1988, Frank and his wife, Anne, visited Ruth’s garden and Ruth expressed concern about the future of her garden. Frank later reported, “…much to my great surprise, I remember actually shivering at the beauty of it. As we drove away, I said to my wife, ‘We have to find some way to help this woman.’ And she said, ‘Why don’t you start a garden conservancy?”
After the film, design legend Bunny Williams will introduce Gregory Long, CEO and The William C. Steere Sr. President of the New York Botanical Gardens, for a discussion and audience Q&A.
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Gregory Long was a colleague and friend of Frank Cabot. He will share his experiences and discuss Cabot’s legacy and the cultural and environmental importance of preserving our gardens and landscape and take questions from the audience.
View Trailer: thegardener-movie.com/trailer/
Saturday, April 7, 7 pm
After the film: A Discussion and Q&A
introduced by designer Bunny Williams with
Gregory Long, CEO & President of the
New York Botanical Gardens
Tickets: General $14 / Member $12
48 Main Street