Win tickets to see The Gardener documentary

Did you know? Canada is home to one of North America’s most spectacular private gardens. We’ve written twice about Les Quatre Vents, near La Malbaie, Quebec (here and here) and at last I have an excuse to write about it again.

Because it, and its creator Francis Cabot, is now the subject of a feature documentary, The Gardener, playing May 18 to 31, 2017 at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema on Bloor. And we’ve been given eight (that’s 8!) pairs of tickets to give away for the Saturday, May 20th, 4 pm showing. Our winners can pick theirs up at the box office on the day of the show. Wondering if the film is as good as the garden? Read this review.

I’m a long-time Doc Soup subscriber with Hot Docs and I’m madly in love with this garden. So we were happy to play along. If you can be in Toronto on May 20, you can play along, too. Leave a comment and we’ll draw eight names, a week from today on the evening of May 17th, and contact you by email.

To put you in the mood, here’s a peek at one of the garden’s many features. Cursor over images to read captions. Then click any image for the larger slideshow.

Now imagine seeing it in motion! Just leave a comment for your two-seat view of The Gardener. (If you’ve never left a comment before, yours won’t show up till I approve it. Don’t worry. I check often.)


  1. Just discovered this gem of a garden via the HotDocs. Definitely on my go-see list. And I have discovered your site…happy camper 🙂

    1. Thanks! Got it the first time, Cass.

      Just a reminder to all commenters – if you’ve never commented here before, you’ll have to be approved (we get a lot of spam comments, unfortunately) before your comment appears in the stack. Next time you comment, though, your comment will show up right away! Looking forward to meeting lots of new readers.

  2. So so Beautiful!!! Would love to enter to win tickets to see this amazing space
    THNKA YOU for offering!!!

  3. Have wanted to see this garden for years. Just a little far to visit when my own garden needs my care and attention.

  4. I had not heard of this garden before – I think I should be reading your older posts! – it’s definitely on my list to visit now. Unfortunately, we will be away that day, so don’t include my name in the draw – figures…there are so few giveaways for us Canadian gardeners!

  5. My wife and I had the privilege of touring this fabulous garden several years ago. We met Frank and he signed a copy of his book on the occasion of her birthday. It would bring warm reminiscences to see the film of Francis Cabot and his special garden.

  6. Well my birthday is May 17 so tickets would be a lovely gift! Please include me in the draw!

  7. I saw the trailer for the film & had no idea such a garden could be found in Canada. Please include me in the contest, I want to see this film.

  8. Beautiful gardens. A great place for peace and meditatipn please include me in the draw. Thanks

  9. Just discovered your web-site. Love it! I too have a shady dry garden in Toronto. I have never heard of this garden, and would love to have tickets to see the film. Thanks

  10. Thanks for playing, everyone! We have drawn our eight winners from the comments above, and the lucky people are:

    Carina Cassidy
    Joanna Gertler
    Rick Mayzis
    Mary Jean Lancefield
    Brian Gower
    Dale Vokey
    Diane James
    Joyce R.

    Congratulations to you all! Please check your inbox for a message from Helen.

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