May 31, 2010

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A garden for every taste

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Grand-Métis, May 31, 2010. The Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens open for their 48th season on Saturday, June 5 at 8:30 am. With the earliest spring on record, the crabapple and azaleas are already in bloom and offer a spectacular floral tableau. You will be surprised to see what is already on display in the gardens.

Designers, musicians, artists and authors will join us during the 2010 season. On Sundays from June to September we are hosting 11 musical brunches and 7 literary teas. The work of 3 artists will be featured in two exhibitions on view in Estevan Lodge. The award-winning film Il était deux fois un jardin (Twice Upon a Garden) will be presented daily. Those wishing to enjoy the beauty of the gardens throughout the summer can purchase a season’s pass ($65 for a family and $45 for individuals) that provides free access to the gardens and activities and discounts on purchases all season long.

The Germans are Coming! – the 2010 Edition of the International Garden Festival
The 11th edition of the International Garden Festival will feature 21 gardens, including four gardens by leading international designers based in Berlin. The 2010 edition of the Festival will present gardens created by 65 designers from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States. The Festival will open to the public on Saturday, June 26.

The designers from Berlin taking part in the Festival are: TOPOTEK 1 (Martin Rein-Cano and Lorenz Dexler), Thilo Folkerts of 100landschaftsarchitektur with Berlin-based Canadian artist Rodney Latourelle, and Gero Heck and Marianne Mommsen from relais Landschaftsarchitekten. Artist Kai Schiemenz will create a sculptural piece to add to Bois de biais, the garden designed by Atelier le balto (Véronique Faucheur, Marc Pouzol and Marc Vatinel) that has been exhibited since 2006.

Three projects were chosen following an international competition from a record of 276 proposals submitted by over 600 architects, landscape architects, designers and artists from 34 countries. The winning designers 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;Habitation (David Vago, Simone Marsh and Nick Brown) landscape architects from Sydney, Australia and Rosetta Sarah Elkin, a Montreal-born landscape architect based in Amsterdam.

Fourteen gardens are returning to complete the 2010 edition, including the popular and photogenic garden Le Bon Arbre au Bon Endroit, designed by NIPpaysage. The garden that presents in an imaginative and playful way Hydro-Quebec’s efforts to educate Quebeckers about the importance of planting the right tree in the right place to protect the electricity grid from damage and to assure that ornamental trees not be pruned or cut if they are too close to hydro lines. Hydro-Québec has been a partner of the Gardens and the International Garden Festival for the past 11 years.

Broderie buchée by Philippe Nolet in Montréal
A new garden by architect Philippe Nolet is presented on the Place de la Dauversière in Old Montréal next to the Musée du Chateau Ramezay until October 10 as part of the Festival’s annual Métis-sur-Montréal project. Broderie buchée is inspired by the French tradition of ornate parterres but rather than using boxwood, the curvilinear forms are made from logs, salvaged from blowdowns in the gardens. They will be viewed by thousands of visitors in Old Montréal and serve as temporary seating for tired travellers.

Garden Going West for the Summer
At the invitation of the City of Calgary, the International Garden Festival is presenting Passe-moi un sapin Rita –Come Play in my Garden by Rita, the Montreal duo of Stéphane Halmaï-Voisard and Karine Corbeil. The garden is one of six contemporary gardens on display at Olympic Plaza in Calgary from May to October as part of a special event to celebrate the centenary of the Calgary parks department. The Rita garden features 50 “little trees” that can be moved through an imaginary landscape. The garden is particularly popular with children who revel in the playful and participatory aspect of the garden.

On Exhibition
From June 5 through July 15, the Thérèse Beaulieu-Roy exhibition room in Estevan Lodge will welcome Mont-Joli artist Andrée Lévesque for D'émotions en paysage, an exhibition of new paintings depictingthe gardens and its trees. The opening of the exhibition will be on Saturday, June 5 at 2 pm. From July 17 through October 3, Métis-sur-Mer summer residents Janis Gillan and Rasa Pavilanis will present paintings inspired by the life of Elsie Reford and the many facets of her life and times and her other interests and hobbies like, fishing, horses, music and travel.

Il était deux fois un jardin to be Shown Throughout the Summer
The new film by Philippe Baylaucq Il était deux fois un jardin (Twice Upon a Garden) will have its inaugural broadcast on Télé-Québec on Labour Day Monday, September 6 at 9 pm. It will also be shown every day at the Gardens throughout the summer. The film won the Prix du Public ARTV at the International Festival of Films on Art held in Montreal in March where all five screenings of were sold out and provided packed audiences with a beautiful and moving film about the gardens and their history. A DVD version of the film with both English and French-language versions and a selection of 60 archival photographs of Elsie Reford and 100 garden photos by Louise Tanguay is available for sale from the garden’s on-line shop for $19.95.

Cooking Up Some New Delights
Chef Pierre-Olivier Ferry and his team are gearing up for another busy summer. The Estevan Lodge Restaurant will open for lunch on June 15, the Friday Gourmet Evening will start on July 2 and every Saturday through the summer has been booked for a wedding or a special event. More than 135 groups have reserved for lunch or dinner in Estevan Lodge. He has also modified the menus in the cafés to offer a wider range of light fare, with several selections inspired by the tastes and flavours of the gardens.

The Gardens range of culinary products have been given a new look and will be for sale at the gardens and select stores this summer. Chef Pierre-Olivier Ferry and his team in the kitchens of Estevan Lodge last year made a selection of jams, jellies, spreads and pickles featuring flavours from the plant collections. The first products in this line of specialty gourmet products are: Blueberry and Lavender Spread, Wild Strawberry and Lemon Basil Spread, Wild Mint Jelly, Labrador Tea Jelly, Crabapple Jelly, Daisy buds in White Wine Vinegar, Fiddleheads Pickled in White Wine Vinegar and Pickled Daylily Buds. These gourmet delights provide extraordinary flavours as well as a souvenir of a visit to the Gardens. They will be available in the cafés and garden shop this summer and can be purchased on-line from the gardens’ web site.

Musical Brunches
Presented on Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm featuring musicians:

June 20 : Duo Holos - Karoleen Couture, voice and Gilles Blais, guitar
June 27 : Groupe Jazz'n'Blue 
July 4 : Cylia Themens duo
July  11 :  Lyne Croft, piano
July  18 : Alexandre St-Pierre, guitar
July  25 : Cylia Themens duo
August 1 : Miodrag Zerdoner, guitar
August 8 : Pierre-Yves Courtis, French Hornand Sylvie Courtis, cello
August 15 : Duo jazz - Helena Urfer-Allan, voice and Martin Roussel, piano
August 29 : Duo jazz - Gilles Blais, guitar and Eddy Métivier, saxophone
September 5 : Festi Jazz international de Rimouski

Literary Events
Presented in collaboration with the Carrefour de la littérature, des arts et de la culture, Estevan Lodge will be the venue for six literary teas on Sunday afternoons at 3 pm featuring authors and musical accompaniment:

July 4 : Neil Bisoondath
July 18 : Edem Awumey
July 25 : Gil Courtemanche
August 1 : Chrystine Brouillet
August 8 : Sarah Hampson
September 12 : Normand Cazelais
September 26 : Paul-Chanel Malenfant

The gardens will also host a wine and cheese fundraiser for the Carrefour de la literature, des arts et de la culture on Saturday, September 11.

About Les Jardins de Métis
Les Jardins de Métis are the property of Les Amis des Jardins de Métis, a not for profit organization and registered charity. The Gardens’ provide employment to more than 80 people and generate an estimated $18 million for the local economy. The organization receives support from its members, donors and partners in presenting its cultural programs and ensuring the maintenance and development of the gardens.

The Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens will be open from June 5 to October 3, 2010. Free admission for children 13 and under.

To obtain further details about events and activities held at the Gardens this summer, consult the web site or contact us at 418 775-2222, x 221.

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Alexander Reford                                                                        
Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens                                         
Tel. : 418 775-2222 x 222



With the contribution of:
· Canada Council for the Arts
· Canada Economic Development
· Canadian Heritage



Avec la participation de :
· Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
· Emploi-Québec
· Ministère du tourisme





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