December 2, 2009

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The International Garden Festival Announces the Designers for its 2010 Edition


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Grand-Métis, December 2nd, 2009. The International Garden Festival is pleased to announce the names of the designers selected by the jury for the 2010 edition of Festival. A total of 276 proposals for conceptual gardens was submitted by over 600 architects, landscape architects, designers and artists from 34 countries, a record number of participants since the inception of the Festival in 2000. You can view the projet submit for the 2010 competition  on the Web Site of the Canadian Competitions Catalogue.

The jury was composed of Angela Grauerholz, director of the Centre de Design de l’UQAM, Martin Leblanc, architect with Sid Lee , Mélanie Mignault, landscape architect with NIPpaysage, Lisa Rochon, author and architecture critic with the Globe and Mail, Bernard St-Denis, professor, École d’architecture de paysage de l’Université de Montréal, Alexander Reford, director of Les Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens and founder of the Festival and Emmanuelle Vieira, artistic director of the 11th edition of the Festival.

The three teams chosen by the jury to create gardens in 2010 are:

Studio Bryan Hanes (Bryan Hanes, Jose Menendez, Yadiel Rivera Diaz, Brenna Herpmann) landscape architects, and DIGSAU (Jules Dingle, Jeff Goldstein, Mark Sanderson, Jamie Unkefer, Aaron Jezzi) architects, all based in Philadelphia, USA, and their project “Veil Garden

Habitation (David Vago, Simone Marsh and Nick Brown) landscape architects from Sydney, Australia, and their project “The grass is greener

Rosetta Sarah Elkin, a Canadian landscape architect based in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and her project “Tiny Taxonomy”

Special mention was given to 2 teams for the quality of their project:

Leena Cho, landscape architect, and Matthew Jull, architect, from Rotterdam, Netherlands, and their project “Dirt Roll

Marc Pape, Sinisha Brdar, Nicolas Marier, Thierry Beaudoin, architects from Montreal, Dominique Leduc actress from Montreal and Paula Meijerink, landscape architect from Cambridge, USA, and their project “Undermining Paradise / L'envers du Paradis

The names of designers from Berlin, Germany, invited to take part in the 2010 Festival will be unveiled in January, 2010.

The new gardens will join those that are returning for presentation in 2010:

Forest.Square.Sky by Suresh Perera (Montréal);
Seedling by Mateo Pinto, Carolina Cisneros, Victoria Marshall (New York City);
Dymaxion Sleep by Jane Hutton, Adrian Blackwell (Toronto) – Gold Medal, Landscape Architecture Category, 2009 Design Exchange Award;
HAHA! by spmb (Eduardo Aquino, Karen Shanski, Ralf Glor and Matt Baker from Winnipeg) and Martin Gagnon (Montréal);
Every garden needs a shed and a lawn!by Deborah Nagan (United Kingdom);
Bois de biais by Atelier le balto (Véronique Faucheur, Marc Pouzol, Marc Vatinel from France and Germany);
Réflexions colorées by Hal Ingberg (Montréal);
Bascule by Cédule 40 (Julien Boily, Sonia Boudreau, Étienne Boulanger and Noémie Payant-Hébert from Saguenay);
SoundFIELD by Doug Moffat and Steve Bates (Montréal);
Fractal Garden by Legge Lewis Legge (Andrea Legge, Deborah Lewis and Murray Legge from New York City and Austin, Texas);
Réflexions suspendues by Francesca Moretti, Federico Brancalion, Rodolfo Roncella and Mirando Di Prinzio (Italy);
Le Bon Arbre au Bon Endroit by NIP Paysage(Mathieu Casavant, France Cormier, Josée Labelle, Michel Langevin, Mélanie Mignault from Montréal);
and the iconic Blue Stick Garden by Claude Cormier (Montréal).

The 11th edition of the Festival will be held from June 26 to October 3, 2010. A series of festival events for families and visitors will be held throughout the summer, gourmet picnics, cinema under the stars, concerts, brunches, garden parties and much more. In March, the Gardens will present the première of the new documentary on the Gardens by Philippe Baylaucq. The Festival is partnering with chef Normand Laprise and his team from Montréal’s famed Toqué! restaurant to present culinary events, the first in Montréal in March and the second in Métis in August.

The International Garden Festival is the leading contemporary garden festival in North America. Presented since 2000, the Festival has exhibited more than 115 gardens on the festival site and in Montreal, Toronto, France, Italy and the United Kingdom. The Festival was recently featured in Tim Richardson’s new book, Great Gardens of America and in the November issue of Landscape Architecture magazine. For further information on the Festival, consult the Festival section of the web site,

The International Garden Festival is presented with the financial assistance of many public and private partners. The Festival wishes to thank the partners who assisted in the 2009 edition of the Festival: the Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, Economic Development Canada, Canada Summer Jobs, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Emploi-Québec, Tourisme Québec, ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l’Occupation du territoire, Conférence régionale des éluEs du Bas-Saint-Laurent, Fédération des chambres de commerces du Québec, Fondation canadienne de l'architecture du paysage, Association des musées canadiens, Fondation Héritage Canada, Canada Blooms,Landscape Ontario, Le Groupe Germain, Consulat général de France à Québec, Les Forges de Montréal, Premier Horticulture, Centre de design de l’UQAM, Musée du Château Ramezay, Société de développement commercial Vieux-Montréal, Ville de Montréal and Toqué! restaurant.

Hydro-Québec has been a major partner of Les Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens since 1999.

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Alexander Reford, director
Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens
International Garden Festival
418 775-2222, ext. 222

Emmanuelle Vieira, artistic director
International Garden Festival 2010
514 274-2421



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