October 12, 2010

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Les Jardins de Métis and Hydro-Québec Announce the Winner of the « From Grand-Métis to La Grande » 2010 Contest

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Grand-Mtis, October 12, 2010. Les Jardins de Mtis and Hydro-Qubec are pleased to announce that the winner of the grand prize in the contest held for visitors to the Gardens is Carole Morin from Pierrefonds, Qubec - a weekend for two at the Hydro-Qubecs La Grande complex on James Bay in northern Qubec, a value of $ 4,000. The prize offered by Hydro-Qubec is part of the ongoing collaboration between Hydro-Qubec and Les Jardins de Mtis that began in 1999. Hydro-Qubec was the lead sponsor of the 11th edition of the International Garden Festival.

Four visitors were awarded copies of the Rpertoire des arbres et arbustes ornementaux, a publication that profiles the 1,760 species and varieties of plants in Quebec. The winners are: Pascale Choquette from Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, Natasha Sanson from Greenfield Park, Claudette Fecteau from Lvis and Janie Rioux from Saint-Jean-de-Dieu.

The 2010 contest is part of the partnership between the gardens and Hydro-Qubec and the Hydro-Qubec program to promote The Right Tree in the Right Place, which aims to inform the public about choosing trees to minimize their impact on the security of the power grid. The Festival presented the Right Tree in the Right Place garden designed by Montrals NIPpaysage. The 2010 version of their garden, tre aux oiseaux (or with the birds), offered visitors an opportunity to clamber onto to an oversized picnic table surrounded by birds clipped to wires that traverse a forest of mature trees.

The 12th edition of the International Garden Festival will be held from June 25 to October 2, 2011 with the theme "Secret Gardens."  The call for proposals will close on November 12, 2010. For complete terms, visit the website of the Reford Gardens at www.refordgardens.com.

Partners of the International Garden Festival

The annual International Garden Festival is made possible by the support of La Fondation de Jardins de Mtis, a non-profit organization whose mission is the development, the education and interpretation of contemporary art in the field of garden art. The event is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, Economic Development Canada, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Qubec and Tourisme Qubec. The sponsors of the 11th edition were: Atlantis, Ferme J.-L. Drapeau, Glendyne Inc., IGA Alimentation de La Mitis, Ppinire Charlevoix and Premier Horticulture. Collaborators gardens extramural were: Canada Blooms, Muse du Chteau Ramezay, Ville de Montral, Socit de dveloppement commercial du Vieux-Montral, Arrondissement Ville-Marie and City of Calgary.

About the Reford Gardens

The Reford Gardens are located on the shores of the St. Lawrence and Mitis rivers in Qubec, Canada. Created by avid gardener and plant collector, Elsie Reford, the gardens were declared a national historic site in 1995 by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. They are considered one of the premier gardens in North America and an obligatory stop for all those visiting eastern Qubec.

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Alexander Reford, directeur
Jardins de Mtis / Festival international de jardins
Tl. : 418 775-2222, poste 222



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