July 29, 2019

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The Future Shop initiative, a creative hub at Reford Gardens in 2021

GRAND_MÉTIS, JULY 29, 2019 Les Amis des Jardins today welcomed Government of Canada minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie, The Honourable Mélanie Joly and representatives from Canada Economic Development for Quebec Region for the announcement of a contribution from the new Canadian Experiences Fund for the organization’s Future Shop initiative.


The gardens’ ageing infrastructure of workshops and storage facilities will become the centrepiece of a new initiative that will welcome a new generation of visitors, designers, creators, artists and Canadian and international travellers in search of new experiences. The project builds on the organization’s long record as a leader in innovation and in hosting architects and landscape architects from around the world since the opening of the International Garden Festival in 2000. The Future Shop is key to the positioning of Les Jardins de Métis as a residency welcoming leading innovators in various fields. 


The grant from the Canadian Experiences Fund will be used for the first phase of the project to transform the 1972 Atelier de menuiserie into a state of the art facility. The building will be retro-fitted with energy-efficiency windows and doors to allow the facility to be used year-round. Workshops and meeting rooms will be added to complement the re-tooling of the facility. The total project cost is $575,000. 


The new facility will allow the organization to expand its already ambitious program of welcoming artists and innovators. This year the gardens’ has held workshops in various fields. For example, a school yard garden workshop was given by author Karine Lévesque in March. Florist Isabelle Séguin-Éthier recently offered a workshop in the floral arts.


Furthermore, the organisation will be able to multiply its partnership with Canadian universities.  This year only, a week-long summer school of the Université de Montréal is being held on the site of the International Garden Festival. Earlier this summer the gardens welcomed students in architecture from the Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture at McGill University to design and build the stage that is the centrepiece of the Festival’s Place Hydro-Québec. The Folie Numérique installation was created by students Véronique Côté and Hugo Thibaudeau from the school of architecture at Université Laval in June and is on display next to the pond in the Bird Garden. For the first time this year, Cornel Campbell, Thevishka Kanishkan, Reesha et Anton Skorischenko, students at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscapce and Design at the University of Toronto have been selected to create the garden Making Waves for the International Garden Festival.  


Author Élie Maure is writer in residence. The exhibition Audible Language of Flowers by Toronto photographer T.M. Glass is the fruit of a residency during in 2018. 


In sum, in transforming part of the site into a creative hub, the organisation is contributing to the development of the Canadian innovation ecosystem, inspiring tomorrow’s creators and the communities they are catering to. This new space will become a dynamic innovation lab where projects and new ideas come to life.

  This beautification project is aligned with the rest of the living labs already on site. LEED-certified, the Eco Home ERE 132 is a showcase of eco-construction while the Maison des stagiaires house, a project designed by wold-renowned architect Pierre Thibault has received many accolades from its peers.



About Les Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens

National historic site, Les Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens is recognized as one of the great gardens of North America. The gardens were created by Elsie Reford from 1926 to 1958. Open to the public since 1962, they are a must-see attraction for those visiting the Gaspésie and the Lower St. Lawrence regions of Québec. A visit of the historic gardens and the historic Estevan Lodge is complemented by a wide-ranging program of cultural events in the visual arts, music, literature and the environment.


Les Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens are open every day, from Saturday, June 1 to Sunday, October 6, 2018. Admission is free for children 13 and under. Visit www.refordgardens for further information.





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