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Glen Villa in the Eastern Townships- Open Garden Day in support of the Massawippi Foundation

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MONTREAL, June 20, 2017: For the second time in its 150-year history, the renowned Glen Villa property in the Eastern Townships will open its grounds to the public on Saturday, July 29th, for an “Open Garden Day”. Funds raised will be used to support the Massawippi Conservation Trust's efforts to conserve 400 acres of pristine forest.

Glen Villa is a historic 750-acre private property located on Lake Massawippi. Owner Pat Webster, an acclaimed garden designer and artist, has created a garden that highlights the relationship between nature, horticulture and art. Woven through the property’s fields, woodlands and landscaped gardens are a series of outdoor “rooms” with flowers, sculptures and unusual art installations created by Webster and Quebec sculptors Louise Doucet and Satoshi Saito. They represent those who lived on the property and those who live there now, from the Abenaki Indians to the tourists who stayed at the impressive Glen Villa Inn, to the Webster family, who has meticulously maintained the grounds since 1996. Alternately humorous and thought-provoking, the garden offers a rich tapestry of experiences.

“I want to help preserve the undeveloped land around Lake Massawippi,” says Pat Webster. “It is so beautiful and ecologically, it’s quite significant. I also want to people to use and enjoy the natural beauty of the land. By opening our garden to the public, I’m supporting the Foundation as it builds trails open to the public.”

“Getting people on the land makes them aware,” says Pat, who is on the Massawippi Foundation’s board; Norman Webster is on the board of the conservation trust. “The property creates opportunities to pause for thought, to be aware of the surroundings and consider the relationship between artifice and nature.”

Since its establishment in 2012, the Massawippi Foundation has raised more than $2.6 million in support of community projects in the five municipalities in the region. It has conserved, in perpetuity, close to 800 acres of pristine forest and expects to add 400 acres within the year.

"We're thrilled that Glen Villa is dedicated to raising awareness about our preservation efforts in the community," says Margot Heyerhoff, Chair of the board of the Massawippi Foundation. "Open Garden Day will showcase just how valuable and precious nature is through an artistic and historical lens."

Visitors will have a chance to visit the various gardens and art installations on site. Maps will be provided and volunteers will be available to direct visitors and answer questions. 100% of proceeds from the Open Garden Day will go towards the foundation’s community initiatives, public trails and land conservation projects.

Two time slots will be available on July 29th; in the morning from 10am-1pm, and in the afternoon from 1-4pm. Space is limited. Reservations can be made on the Massawippi Foundation’s website: http://www.fondationmassawippifoundation.org/fm/events/open-garden-day-a...

Payment is at the door. For more information on Glen Villa, visit www.siteandinsight.com.