Frank Cabot was one of the most inspiring garden speakers I've ever heard - he spoke at the Miller Lecture here in Seattle a few years ago to a sold out crowd. Cabot, who founded the Garden Conservancy, an organization dedicated to preserving treasured American gardens, died peacefully at home in Quebec on November 19.
A scion of a distinguished and wealthy Boston family, Cabot adored gardens and created two spectacularly ambitious private gardens. Stonecrop in Cold Spring, New York is a 12 acre estate open to the public most of the year. In recent years, Cabot focused his attention on his 20 acre garden Les Quatre Vents (the Four Winds) in La Malbaie alongside the St. Lawrence River in Quebec. It opens a few days every summer to the public, and for special tours...Cabot's book "The Greater Perfection" is heart-felt and beautiful book about the development of his last and most ambitious garden.
Hearing Cabot speak made me happy to be a gardener, while lending a glimpse of greater gardening world which he nurtured, promoted and embodied all of his long life....learn more about a true horticultural legend in his New York Times obituary here.
Photo of Stonecrop Gardens, from the New York Times....