November 5, 2009

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The International Garden Festival featured in the latest issue of Landscape Architecture magazine

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Grand-Métis, November 5, 2009.
The International Garden Festival is the subject of a feature article in Landscape Architecture, the magazine of the American Society of Landscape Architects. The article appears in the November issue and is written by Université de Montréal professors Bernard St-Denis (who designed a garden for the inaugural edition of the Festival in 2000) and Peter Jacobs.

The 10-page article says “the festival has grown into a bona fide institution” and describes the “astounding array of original, insightful, refreshing, and playful propositions”. It lauds the Festival for having “raised fundamental questions about gardens and the relationship of garden making and art from its inception in 2000”. It presents ten of the more than 100 gardens of the Festival, including some of the feature articles from past editions and highlights of the 2009 Festival.

The article is available on the Web Site of Landscape Architecture . To view the entire article in pdf form, click here.

This is the 6th time in the past ten years that the Festival has been the subject of a feature article in Landscape Architecture. Founded in 1910, Landscape Architecture magazine is the monthly magazine of the American Society of Landscape Architects. It has more than 60,000 readers in the landscape architecture industry in the United States and around the world. To view past articles on the International Garden Festival from Landscape Architecture consult our Press Kit.

The International Garden Festival has been featured in many articles and books over the past year. Most recently the Festival was featured in the new book by Tim Richardson, Great Gardens of America. Articles are appearing in forthcoming issues of Landscape World (South Korea) and Landscape Architecture, the magazine of the Chinese Society of Landscape Architecture and the Faculty of Forestry of the University of Beijing, and Atrium, published in Bratislava, Slovakia. To consult recent articles about the International Garden Festival, click here.

About the International Garden Festival

The International Garden Festival is held every year at Les Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens on the banks of the St. Lawrence River in Québec. Since its first edition in 2000, the Festival has allowed more than 850,000 visitors to explore 100 gardens created by over 200 designers from 10 countries. The Festival is a unique forum for innovation and experimentation and an exceptional showcase and launching pad for participating designers from a range of disciplines.

The Festival is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, Economic Development Canada, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Tourisme Québec and the Conférence régionale des éluEs du Bas-Saint-Laurent. Hydro-Québec has been a partner of the event since 1999.

The 11th edition of the International Garden Festival will be held from June 26 to October 3, 2010. The designers of the 11th edition of the Festival will be announced on December 1.

About Les Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens

The Reford Gardens is located on the shores of the St. Lawrence and Mitis rivers in eastern Québec. Created by avid gardener and plant collector, Elsie Reford, from 1926 to 1958, the gardens were designated a national historic site in 1995. They are considered one of the premier gardens in North America. For more information on the gardens and their history, consult the garden’s website:



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