June 25, 2019

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Grand-Métis (Québec) Canada, June 21, 2019. The International Garden Festival launches its 20th edition today in the presence of 40 designers and more than 100 friends of the Festival. 
Born in the world-wide celebrations of the new millennium in the ear 2000, the Festival has delivered on its promise of renewing the art of the garden. Whimsical and colorful, the conceptual gardens exhibited have wowed visitors and illustrated the remarkable creativity and imagination of landscape architects,
architects and artists from Canada and around the world.
Terrains de jeu of the 2019 edition has transformed the Festival site into a giant playground for exploration and amusement. In a world where humans dwell in urban towers and live increasingly distant from natural phenomena, to "go out and play" is becoming increasingly imperative. 

Child-friendly without being childish, adventurous without being unsafe, the interactive gardens of the 2019 Festival are curated spaces that are an invitation to interact with nature.
The new gardens selected by the jury for the 2019 edition that are on display are:

Dirt Ground 
Silvia Bachetti & Agnese Casadio
– Bologna, Italy

Le dernier petit cochon
APPAREIL Architecture
– Montréal (Québec) Canada

Mathilde Leveau & Ronan Virondaud
– Québec (Québec) Canada & Mans, France

The Colours of Métis
SOWATORINI Landshaft [Sebastien Sowa & Gianluca Torini] & sevengardens [Isabelle Smolin]
– Berlin & Essen, Allemagne

Making Waves
Ted Kesik, Cornel Campbell, Thevishka Kanishkan, Reesha Morar & Anton Skorishchenko
– Toronto (Ontario) Canada 

Ici et ailleurs
José Luis Torres
– Montmagny (Québec) Canada 

The 2019 Festival is also presenting extra-mural installations in Quebec City, Montreal, and in public venues near to the gardens :
Roof Line Garden II by Julia Jamrozik, Coryn Kempster (Buffalo, United States) on the rooftop of the Musée de la civilisation in Quebec City. 

Passe-moi un sapin Rita by Rita Studio, Montréal (Québec), Canada in Parc Montcalm, Montréal

Souvent me souviens by Deborah Nagan, London, United Kingdom, in Ste-Flavie
Bascule by Cédule 40, Saguenay (Québec), Canada, in Mont-Joli
Fundraising Dinner 
The Festival will hold its annual fundraising dinner under the stars on Friday, August 2. Chef Frédérick Boucher will offer a farm-to-table menu featuring local products served on a banqueting table in the gardens. Book your place on our website or contact us at 418 775-2222 ext. 221.

About the International Garden Festival
The International Garden Festival is the leading contemporary garden festival in North America. Since its inception in 2000, more than 175 gardens have been exhibited at Grand-Métis and as extra-mural projects in Canada and around the world. Presented at Les Jardins de Métis, at the gateway to the Gaspé Peninsula, the Festival is held on a site adjacent to the historic gardens created by Elsie Reford, thereby establishing a bridge between history and modernity, and a dialogue between conservation, tradition and innovation. Each year the Festival exhibits conceptual gardens created by more than seventy architects, landscape architects and designers from various disciplines in a pristine environment on the banks of the St. Lawrence River. The International Garden Festival is presented with the financial assistance of many public and private partners: Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Emploi-Québec, Emplois d’été Canada and the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec. Hydro-Québec has been the lead sponsor of the Reford Gardens since 1999.

About the Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens
A National Historic Site and Québec heritage site, the Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens are an must see for all of those visiting eastern Québec. Cultural space and tourist destination for over 55 years, the Reford Gardens is one of the most popular attractions in the Gaspésie region, providing visitors with experiences for every sense. Located on the banks of the St. Lawrence and Mitis Rivers, they were created between 1926 and 1958 by avid gardener, visionary entrepreneur and plant collector, Elsie Reford. 

The gardens are open every day until Sunday, October 6, 2019. Children 13 and under are admitted free of charge. Consult www.refordgardens.com for more information. 

Amelie Desrochers

Telephone: 438 354-1818

Alexander Reford, Director
Reford Gardens / International Garden Festival



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