2022 Season

Imagine a landscape filled not only with flowers of every kind, but a personally created space on recovered and rediscovered family land and you begin to appreciate the unique flavour of this new book and the widely renowned garden that inspired it.

Patterson and her late husband, Norman Webster, whose illustrious journalism career included being editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail, and The Gazette, teamed up to transform a typical 303-hectare (750-acre) family farm in the Eastern Townships into their world-class Glen Villa Art Garden.

A visual artist and photographer in addition to being a writer and, of course, garden designer, Patterson relates in her memoir how she went from being a neophyte gardener who initially copied other people’s ideas to learn from them to a gardener with passion and confidence in her own ideas and innovations.

In Autobiography of a Garden, Webster explores what it means to create a garden–and the meaning that garden can assume–as a bond forms not only with nature but with the passage of time, cherished memories, and the process of aging in relation to such a space.

Date: Sunday, August 14 at 2:00 pm

Location: Hudson Creative Hub (273 Main, Hudson) followed by a reception with refreshments at Greenwood (254 Main, Hudson)


Tickets are available at:

Greenwood and at Que de Bonnes Choses, (484-D Main, Hudson QC)


Previous Guests

Past StoryFest guests are remembered fondly for their generous spirit of sharing, engaging presentations and enthusiastic discussions with our audiences over the last 20 years. 




Anakana Schofield
Steven Price
Alix Ohlin
Frances Itani
Rawi Hage
Ann Hui
D’Arcy Jenish
Dave Williams


Michael Redhill
Sylvain Rivard
Liona Boyd
Marjorie Simmins
Zoe Whittall
Ian Hamilton
Ken Dryden
Catherine McKenzie
David Adams Richards


Mary Walsh
Lawrence Hill
Daniel Levitin
Beth Powning
Monia Mazigh
Laurie Gough
Douglas Gibson
Lee Maracle
Ian Howarth
Alexandre Trudeau


Nisha Coleman
Saleema Nawaz
John Farrow
Eric Siblin
Heather O’Neill
James Orbinski
Terry Fallis
Marina Endicott
Takriluk Partridge
Don McKay
Monique Polak
Ian McGillis
Gail Anderson
Gwynne Dyer
Guy Vanderhaeghe



Kim Thúy

Ann-Marie MacDonald
Kathleen Winter
Lisa Moore
Tomson Highway
Lauren B. Davis
David Halton
Sean Michaels
Terry Mosher


Margaret Atwood
Kate Pullinger
Michael Winter
Paul Thompson
Peter Behrens
Merilyn Simonds
Graeme Gibson
Stephanie Bolster
Monty Reid
Arleen Paré
Roméo Dallaire
Ian Keteku
Oana Avasilichioaei
Paris Elizabeth Sea


Sally Armstrong
Wayson Choy
Lauren B. Davis
Elizabeth Hay
Ami McKay
Jeffrey Simpson


Linden MacIntyre
Joel Yanofsky
Catherine Chandler
Margaret Trudeau
Gary Townsend
John Asfour
Merilyn Simonds Wayne Grady
Anthony De Sa
Wayne Johnston
Bill Haugland
Colleen Curran


Trevor Ferguson (aka John Farrow)
Johanna Skibsrud
Louise Penny
M.G. Vassanji
Nino Ricci
Claire Holden Rothman
Jason Heroux
Robyn Sarah
Claudia Coutu Radmore


Jane Urquhart
Jan Wong
Donna Morrissey
Maria Loggia
Jeff Heinrich


Stevie Cameron
Joseph Boyden
William Toye
Shane Kelly
Mark Smith
Jon Paul Fiorentino
Susan McMaster
Susan Gillis
Mark Abley


Tony Hushion
Claire Mowat
Noah Richler
Roy MacGregor
Mark Smith
Lorne Elliott
Gil Courtemanche
Karen Molson


Karen Molson
Ken McGoogan
Barry Callaghan
Louisa Blair


Dinu Bumbaru
Charlotte Gray
Jane Brierley
Mark Abley


Victor Owen
Victoria Freeman
J.L. Granatstein
Marian Fowler


Ed Lawrence
Christopher Moore
Sylvia Fraser


Senator Philippe Gigantès,

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