Great Gardens of the World – New for 2020 / 2021

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Biweekly, Thursday 2-4, Week 1
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“Paint when you plant!” exclaimed Alexander Pope. Do you agree? What makes a garden great? A beautiful garden can make even an ugly building look better. We will explore the genius of “Capability” Brown, of André le Nôtre; storied gardens like Giverny, Villandry, Sissinghurst, Stourhead, Majorelle, and the Imperial Gardens of Kyoto; modern gardens like Toronto’s Music Garden and the royal estate at Highgrove. What about mazes or the Chahar Bagh?  A list of possible subjects and a basic bibliography will be provided, but participants should feel free to choose their own favourite. All members are required to research and make a 20-minute illustrated presentation leading to a group discussion.


Gillian Long ( ) has loved gardens since she planted her first nasturtium at the age of three. She owns a fascinating book called 1001 Gardens You Must See Before You Die and hopes that this workshop will bring her closer to that number.

Linda Woodcock ( was born in the UK and later immigrated to Canada where she attended Waterloo University. She spent most of her working life as a corporate law clerk while also volunteering in ESL and ABL. She maintains a passion for gardening although nowadays that extends only to her apartment balcony. Linda looks forward to exploring the topic further in this workshop.

Workshop Notes:

Welcome letter


GREAT GARDENS OF THE WORLD – ideas for presentations