The highlight of our trip was a visit to the Jardin des Quatre Vents (Garden of the Four Winds), a private garden owned and created by the eminent horticulturalist Francis Cabot. It's only open to the public - reservations required - four days each summer; our friends G. and S. invited us quite a while ago, and got the tickets. All the proceeds go to environmental causes. The garden, which comprises hundreds of acres and many different types of growing conditions, from formal gardens near the house to shady woodlands and meadows, a deep damp ravine, and a potager full of vegetables, fruit trees, and flowers. One of the most remarkable aspects, to me, was the use of water throughout, and there were also many sculptures -- plus a lot of whimsy. Les Quatre Vents is considered to be one of the most beautiful gardens in all of Canada. Eventually I hope it will become a more public treasure like some of the famous gardens of Europe. It's fragile, though, and there would have to be a lot of care taken to control the foot traffic. We were impressed with the way the tour was handled; it was nearly three hours long, comprehensive and generous. These photos don't begin to show the variety or the detail, but I'll still let them speak for themselves. If you'd like to see more, take a look inside Cabot's book, A Greater Perfection, about the creation of this magnificent garden.