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Les Quatre Vents – An optical illusion

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Photo/Illustration: Virginia Small

This paved pathway looks like it goes on forever, doesn’t it? Look a little closer….

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Photo/Illustration: Virginia Small


**All this week and next, we’re featuring photos of the gardens at Les Quatre Vents, the home of Frank and Anne Cabot in Quebec. If you’d like read more about this garden, check out this interview with Frank Cabot that ran in the April 2005 issue of Fine Gardening. Frank also whote a book about the garden. You can get it on Amazon here.**


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  1. arboretum 09/02/2011

    cleVERRRR! and truly magical.And the pathway pattern and materials- are so handsome.(I could imagine a Cal. designer doing an installation with a brick path painted bright yellow...!)I would really like to know what specific material was used for the mirror, as we have been wanting to install a large mirror here at the 'retum. I also wonder if it is removed for the winter season.Something i need to research, but if anyone has suggestions, plse tell!thanks much,

  2. gottagarden 09/02/2011

    In my former house I had a full size mirror mounted on the fence that looked like a doorway through to another garden. Very successful illusion. Regular glass mirror, nothing special.

    This mirror illusion is very classy!

  3. greenthumblonde 09/02/2011

    I've had problems finding outdoor mirrors. Anyone have luck with that?

  4. user-7006885 09/02/2011

    Wow! That is interesting.

    An everyday job though, I would think, keeping it clean enough to maintain the illusion.

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