October 7, 2009

For immediate distribution


The Reford Gardens and the International Garden Festival one of the Great Gardens of America!

For immediate release

Grand-Métis, Québec (Canada) - October 7, 2009.
Les Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens and its International Garden Festival have been recognized as one of the great gardens of America in a new book written by Tim Richardson and recently published in the United Kingdom. Great Gardens of America features twenty-five gardens in the United States and Canada. Les Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens and its International Garden Festival are one of just two gardens in Canada included in this prestigious new book (the other being Les Quatre Vents, the garden created by Francis H. Cabot in La Malbaie, Québec). It is featured alongside such gardens as Monticello in Virginia, Longwood Gardens in Philadelphia, Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C. and Huntington Botanical Gardens in California.

The chapter dedicated to the International Garden Festival has twelve pages that are beautifully illustrated with photographs by Andrea Jones. In his text describing the event Tim Richardson writes: “…It must be admitted that the venue, the Jardins de Métis on the St Lawrence River in Quebec, feels a long way from anywhere – though that is also part of its attraction… But what treats await on arrival: the garden festival at Métis… is one of the very best conceptual garden shows worldwide, with a unique selling point in that participants are encouraged to make garden installations which respond to the qualities of the existing historic garden and grand natural landscape… Métis’s particular atmosphere is tied up with its position in woodland overlooking the St. Lawrence River. Of all the garden shows, then, this is the one which seems to grapple most closely with a sense of place, actively encouraging designers to work within the geographical context... Rather than simply strolling and admiring, visitors are encouraged, even compelled, to interact, participate, exchange and reflect…”

Tim Richardson has been a frequent visitor to the Festival over the last ten years, covering the inaugural edition of the Festival for Country Life magazine and returning on several occasions to view the Festival and meet the designers. Journalist, writer and critic, Tim Richardson is an independent garden historian and critic of contemporary landscape architecture. Among his many books on gardens is English Gardens in the Twentieth Century and Avant Gardeners, a book that explores conceptualist gardens around the world (with 40 pages dedicated to projects created in Metis).

Les Jardins de Métis and the International Garden Festival have been featured in many books in recent years, including 1001 Gardens You Must See Before You Die (Rae Spencer-Jones, Barron’s Educational Series), Giardini (Federico Motta Ed.) and Jardins (Actes Sud Ed.) by Ippolito Pizzetti et Roberta Fusarias well as in magazines published in Canada, the United States, England, France, Germany, Spain and elsewhere.

The International Garden Festival held its 10th edition this summer. The Festival has presented more than 100 gardens by over 200 designers by 10 countries since its inaugural edition in 2000. The Festival is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading contemporary garden events and for having contributed to the birth and development of the conceptual garden. More information on the Festival is available in the book by Lesley Johnstone, Hybrids: Reshaping the Contemporary Garden in Métis (blueimprint, 2007) available from the garden’s on-line bookstore.

The Festival recently launched its international competition for the 2010 edition and will receive proposals until November 6th. The 2010 Festival will open be from June 26 to October 3, 2010. For more information on the Festival, consult the Garden’s web site, http://www.refordgardens.com/

Great Gardens of America, by Tim Richardson, with photographs by Andrea Jones, is published in the United Kingdom by Frances Lincoln. It retails for $64 in Canada and can be found at Chapters Indigo and other booksellers across Canada and the United States. It will be available at the Garden Shop of the Reford Gardens next season.

Click here for an excerpt from the book!

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Source :

Alexander Reford
Director, Reford Gardens
418 775-2222, ext. 222



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