Film Poster: The Gardener; Image from Les Quatre Vents
WATER MILL, NY 5/23/2022—On Friday June 10 at 6pm, the Parrish Art Museum will screen the film The Gardener (2016, 84 minutes) co-presented with Hamptons DocFest and in conjunction with the Museum’s annual horticultural event Landscape Pleasures. The documentary tells the story of Les Quatre Vents, the 20-acre English-style garden and summer estate created by the influential gardener and plantsman Frank Cabot. Directed by Sébastien Chabot, the film reflects upon the meaning of gardening and its impact on our lives. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with horticulturist Alicia Whitaker, former president of the Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons. Admission is $15 for general public; $5 for Museum members and students. Registration is required, and attendees are encouraged to visit parrishart.org for COVID-19 guidelines.
The Gardener features interviews with Cabot shortly before his passing at the age of 86, as he recounts his personal quest for perfection at Les Quatre Vents—nestled amid the rolling hills of the Charlevoix County in Quebec and opened to a film crew for the first time in 2009. This horticultural masterpiece of the 21st century was created over the course of 75 years and three generations. Through additional remarks by Cabot’s family, gardening experts, and writers, the film looks back at this extraordinary man’s personal story and the artistic philosophy that gave birth to one of the world’s most exquisite gardens.
About the Director
Sébastien Chabot is a Canadian writer, cinematographer, and producer who published his debut novel Ma mère est une marmotte in 2004. He was awarded the Prix Jovette-Bernier in 2006 for his sequel, L’Angoisse des poulets sans plumes, and was recently shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for French-language fiction for the novel Noir métal. Discussing The Gardener in a feature article in Point of View Magazine, Chabot said that working with Frank Cabot was about cultivating a film that would be as finely crafted as the garden it depicts. “Doing a personal movie about a personal garden might be the best way to reveal someone.” Chabot received his education at the Université du Québec à Rimouski and the Université du Québec à Montréal. He is a professor of literature at the Cégep de Rimouski.
About Landscape Pleasures
The Gardener is the kickoff of the Museum’s annual two-day horticulture event Landscape Pleasures, featuring a Saturday morning symposium at the Museum with leaders in landscape architecture David Hocker, Laurie Olin, and Joe Wahler. On Sunday, registrants enjoy self-guided tours of five extraordinary private gardens on the East End. Tickets to Landscape Pleasures start at $200 for Museum Members/$250 for Non-Members, and include admission to the symposium, garden tours, and Friday evening screening of the film The Gardener.
About Alicia Whitaker
A home gardener and active participant in the East End gardening community, Alicia Whitaker became a Master Gardener in 2021 after completing the course at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Service. A former president (2019-2021) and long-time board member of the Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons, she recently joined the Board of Directors of the Westhampton Garden Club where she serves as Chair of Horticulture and member of the Pollinator Team responsible for a fledgling Pollinator Garden at the Quogue Library. With Betsy Pinover Schiff, Whitaker is co-author of The Sidewalk Gardens of New York (Monacelli Press, 2016) which describes the many ways NYC has become a greener city in the past two decades. She holds a BA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and is an executive leadership coach and consultant who has worked to support her gardening habit for decades.
Advance ticket purchase with pre-event registration is recommended. Limited tickets will be available at the door. All sales are final, non-transferable, and non-refundable. This event requires all attendees to show proof of full vaccination. Mask-wearing is not required but encouraged when not eating or drinking.
Friday Nights are made possible, in part, by Presenting Sponsor Bank of America.
Additional support provided by Weill Cornell Medicine – Southampton and The Corcoran Group.
The Parrish Art Museum’s exhibitions and programs are made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and by the property taxpayers, from the Southampton Union Free School District and the Tuckahoe Common School District.
Parrish Art Museum
Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island’s East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it. The Museum fosters connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artists-in-residence. The Parrish is a center for cultural engagement, an inspiration and destination for the region, the nation, and the world.
Parrish Art Museum construction photographs © Jeff Heatley.