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Press Release for Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum

What’s the Big Idea?
Landscape Designer Julie Moir Messervy presents...

Julie Moir Messervy, consumate landscape designer, author, gifted teacher, garden artist and landscape interpreter presents an interactive collaboration in design, to benefit Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum of Bristol, Rhode Island. The setting for this unique garden design presentation is the elegant National Historic Landmark Squantum Club in Providence, overlooking the Narragansett Bay. The date - Thursday, November 8th, at 11:30 am, with luncheon served.

Julie Moir Messervy’s national reputation rests on her skilled expertise in garden design highlighted not only by her training and work with the Japanese garden master Kinsaku Nakane of Kyoto, but most recently perhaps, by her heralded project with famed Cellist Yo-Yo Ma in which she designed a garden as an interpretation of the first of Bach’s six suites for unaccompanied cello. This televised project became manifest as the Music Garden on Toronto’s bustling harbor front. The Toronto Music Garden gave form to many of Ms. Messervy’s beliefs that the creation of beautiful sacred spaces in the landscape should spring from the “inward garden” of the spirit. This then became the title of her second book, published in 1995, which succeeded Contemplative Gardens, published in 1990.

Ms. Messervy has worked extensively in and around Boston. Her work can be seen at the Arnold Arboretum, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and The Museum of Fine Arts at The Garden of the Heart of Heaven.

For Ms. Messervy garden design is always a journey and her hope is that this day at the Squantum Club will cause you to take that journey and shift your design perspective with a quantum leap in creative thinking to look at gardens and the landscape with new eyes and see what she calls “The Big Idea.” Gardeners, landscape designers, landscape architects, and growers alike will come away from Squantum invigorated and anxious to exercise their new vision.

The Squantum Association, incorporated in 1872, takes its unusual name from its wonderful location known to the native Americans as “Heap of Rocks” but which does more than justice to such a humble name. This prestigious private club Squantum rests on a majestic outcrop of rocks sitting out in the Narragansett Bay offering superb views of the water and surrounding landscape.

The beneficiary of this gracious day at Squantum is the horticultural oasis of Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, a 45-room country home set in 33 acres of lush gardens on the Narragansett Bay in Bristol. Blithewold has the rare distinction of being one of only two other arboreta situated on salt water.

Tickets for “What’s the Big Idea?” are $75, and seating at the prestigious Squantum Club is limited. Please call ahead for reservations. For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact Blithewold at 401-253-2707 or visit the website at