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Southern Highlands Branch: Summer Film – The Gardener

20 February @ 2:30 pm AEDT

The AGHS Southern Highlands Branch is teaming-up with the National Trust to bring you the documentary The GardenerThis beautiful documentary film should not be missed. You will be amazed and inspired by this gorgeous garden in Canada!

Purchase your ticket(s) online or at the Cinema in person on the day (or before if you are passing by).

Please consider arriving by 2:00pm at the Cinema to obtain your ‘choc top’ or drink (included in the ticket price) and be checked in.

As you enter the theatre itself will you need to allocate whether you are an AGHS member/friend or a National Trust member. Two members of our Committee will be there to greet you and mark off your name. This will ensure we have a record of the number of AGHS attendees.


Frank Cabot’s Influence on Gardens in the US
Francis Higginson Cabot, CM CQ (August 6, 1925 – November 19, 2011) was an American financier, gardener and horticulturist.

After college, Frank Cabot began constructing a garden on private property in Cold Spring, New York, above the Hudson River, beginning a lifelong passion for horticulture. Cabot was appointed chairman of the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx from 1973 to 1976.

In 1989, he founded the nonprofit Garden Conservancy after noting that two-thirds of America’s great gardens had been destroyed by development. The Conservancy began with “four acres of giant cactuses, succulents and native species” in Walnut Creek, California the life’s work of gardener Ruth Bancroft.

The Organisation’s Open Days program has opened more than three hundred private gardens to the public throughout the United States and has been active in the preservation of seventeen important private gardens for posterity, including the rehabilitation of the gardens at Alcatraz.

Cabot became renowned for his personal gardens around the world. His garden in Cold Spring, known as Stonecrops Gardens, was opened to the public in 1992 and is now one of the premier public gardens in the United States, encompassing sixty-three acres. Its components were influenced and improved in the 1980s by horticulturist Caroline Burgess, who became the garden’s director, having previously worked with legendary English gardener Rosemary Verey.

Cabot’s private garden in the Charlevoix region of Quebec covers more than 20 acres (81,000 m2) and is called Les Quatre Vents. He is credited with introducing a number of plants and grasses to North America, including Japanese blood grass. Les Quatre Vents has thematics fields like “Le lac Libellule”, “le Pavillon japonnais de méditation”, “le Pigeonnier”, “le pont chinois de lune”, “le kiosque à musique”, “le potager” and more.


20 February
2:30 pm AEDT
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