• James Armstrong

Gannaiden: Garden of Possibilities


PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG

Vaudreuil MNA Marie-Claude Nichols (right) brought additional funding to the community outreach projects of Gannaiden Garden developed by Marcel Braitstein (centre) and Elaine Steinberg.

Located near the corner of Route Harwood and Montée d’Alstonvale, Gannaiden is a private oasis developed by well-known gardener Elaine Steinberg and internationally renowned sculptor Marcel Braitstein. Described by its owners as a para-public property since 2017, Gannaiden held its first public event of the summer season, Art Talk and Garden Walk on July 8. Funds raised by the event will be invested in the community.

Steinberg gave guests a detailed tour followed by a sit-down meal comprised of a delectable array of savoury and sweet Jewish cuisine served al fresco in the airy portico of Braitstein’s studio.

Quebec recognition

Vaudreuil MNA Marie-Claude Nichols was also in attendance.

“It’s always important, to me, that we recognize those people who continually give back to the community,” said Nichols. On behalf of the Quebec Government, Nichols presented a donation of $500. “This money will go directly back into the community,” said Steinberg noting the non-profit organization has a project in mind that that will include students from the area. “It might involve gardening and sculpture,” she said. “It’s too soon to tell.”

Touring the garden

Gannaiden is the Hebrew word for Garden of Eden that Steinberg interprets as the beginning of a garden full of endless possibilities.

She described her gardening technique in terms of editing.

“I’m constantly reshaping and reseeding plants.”

The garden also serves as a showcase for many of Braitstein’s sculptures. “When he retired, he decided to work in his studio and display his work here in the garden.”

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