December 8, 2010

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Grand-Métis, December 8, 2010.
The International Garden Festival is pleased to announce the names of the designers selected by the jury for the 12th  edition of the Festival in 2011. A total of 194 proposals for conceptual gardens were submitted by over 500 architects, landscape architects, designers and artists from 33 countries.

Secret Gardens for the 12th Edition of the Festival
Earlier this year, the Festival launched an international competition to select the new temporary gardens for the 12th edition to be held from June 25 to October 2, 2011 on the site of Les Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens. The Festival encouraged participants to form multidisciplinary teams, to favour an approach that encompasses the various design disciplines. The theme for the 2011 competition was “Secret Gardens”, a theme that guides the spirit of an edition while also promoting the exploration of a very particular aspect of contemporary garden design. The competition asked the following challenging question: “What do Secret Gardens look like today”? 

194 teams responded to this theme, imagining new forms and new sensations for the gardens of tomorrow. The projects submitted showed an extraordinary range of approaches and exploration of the current concepts and practices of landscape architecture. Five projects were selected by the jury.

A Prestigious Jury of Designers and Design Professionals
The jury met on November 24th at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montréal. The jury members are leaders in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, design and the visual arts: 
Marc Hallé, landscape architect with Claude Cormier Architectes Paysagistes 
Alexander Reford, director of the Reford Gardens and the International Garden Festival 
Nelda Rodger, Editor-in-Chief of Azure magazine
David K. Ross, artist and designer of the garden Pomme de parterre presented from 2007 to 2010
Emmanuelle Vieira, artistic director of the Festival
Charles Waldheim, professor and chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design and designer of the garden Subterranean for the 6th edition of the Festival in 2005
Mirko Zardini, director of the Canadian Centre for Architecture

The jury chose three winning projects and offered the following comments: "These are proposals that offer the most interesting experience for the visitor, considering the theme and objectives sought by the Festival. The winning projects are all perfectly connected with the natural world; they are very contemporary in how they raise some actual issues." Jurors also acknowledged the excellent quality of proposals received and thank all those who submitted projects for the competition this year: "Their creativity and their contribution to landscape architecture and garden art confirms the role played by the International Garden Festival".

The three projects chosen for the 2011 edition are:

Fleur de Sel
By Urbanbees (Marco Asciutti, architect-landscape designer, Farzaneh Bahrami, artist-designer, Enrique Enriquez, architect-designer and Matteo Muggianu, architect-engineer)
Montréal, Canada, Milan, Italy and Lausanne, Switzerland
Fleur de Sel is a garden of salt that envelops the site and allows the visitor to connect with it by touching, smelling and perhaps tasting. Through the salt, this garden reconnects the public with a common material, commonly used in winter as a part of our vehicular landscape. Like a layer of snow that hides the grass, objects, footprints and odours, this original garden conceals many secrets under our feet.  

2/ The ALGAE Garden
By Heather Ring, landscape architect, Dr. Brenda Parker, plant scientist and Synnøve Fredericks, artist
London, United Kingdom
The ALGAE Garden celebrates the beauty and the potential source of energy of the algae through a design that underlines its diversity and meaning. This garden stands between the landscape, the artistic and the scientific world, presenting algae organized by colour and species in plastic sleeve curtains hanging from wooden frames. The algae, often considered a nuisance in the garden pond, here because an object of beauty and leads the visitor to appreciate algae as an alternative to oil and other energy sources.

3/ Noli tangere
By Terragram (Vladimir Sitta, landscape architect and Anita Madura, landscape architect)
Sydney, Australia
A secret garden with a secret shape to experience from underneath and on the surface. Formed by a strong geo-textile mat supported by trees and posts, this garden offers the contrast of a dark and strange inner world underneath the mat, but also the discovery of the natural light, plants and insects at eye level. Holes that perforate the mat allow adults and children to view and enjoy the surface of the garden.

Two projects were given special mention:

Suspended Weeds Garden
by Vazio S/A, [Carlos M Teixeira and Leonardo Rodrigues], Brazil
Piezoplotby Abigail Ransmeier and Heinrich Lipp, Germany

These new gardens will join those that are returning for presentation in 2011:

The Grass is Greener by Habitation Landscape Architecture (David Vago, Simone Marsh and Nick Brown) (Australia)
Tiny Taxonomy by Rosetta Sarah Elkin (Montréal, Canada)
Réflexions colorées by Hal Ingberg (Montréal, Canada)
Bascule by Cédule 40 (Julien Boily, Sonia Boudreau, Étienne Boulanger, Noémie Payant-Hébert) (Saguenay, Canada) 
Le Jardin de bâtons bleus by Claude Cormier Architectes paysagistes (Montréal, Canada) 
Le Bon Arbre au Bon Endroit by NIPPaysage(Mathieu Casavant, France Cormier, Josée Labelle, Michel Langevin, Mélanie Mignault) (Montréal, Canada)
Dymaxion Sleep by Jane Hutton and Adrian Blackwell (Toronto, Canada) 
Land use observatory(Violence of the garden) by Topotek 1 (Martin Rein-Cano, Lorenz Dexler, Frans Gillberg) (Germany)
Jardin de la connaissance by Thilo Folkerts from 100landschaftsarchitektur (Germany) and Rodney Latourelle (Canada)
Ces jours-ci je suis fier de mon petit Paradis by Atelier le balto (Véronique Faucheur, Marc Pouzol, Marc Vatinel) (France and Germany) and Kai Schiemenz (Germany)
Tree Stands by Gero Heck and Marianne Mommsen from relais Landschaftsarchitekten (Germany)
Every garden needs a shed and a lawn! by Deborah Nagan (United Kingdom)
Veil Garden by Studio Bryan Hanes (Bryan Hanes, Jose Menendez, Yadiel Rivera Diaz, Brenna Herpmann) and DIGSAU (Jules Dingle, Jeff Goldstein, Mark Sanderson, Jamie Unkefer, Aaron Jezzi) (United States)
Fractal Garden by Legge Lewis Legge (Andrea Legge, Deborah Lewis, Murray Legge) (United States)

The International Garden Festival is the leading contemporary garden festival in North America. Presented since 2000, the Festival has exhibited more than 125 gardens on the festival site and in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, France, Italy and the United Kingdom. The 12th edition of the Festival will be held from June 24 to October 2, 2011. For further information, 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 Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, Economic Development Canada, Canada Summer Jobs 2010, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Emploi-Québec, Tourisme Québec, Fédération des chambres de commerces du Québec, Association des musées canadiens, Fondation Héritage Canada, Canada Blooms,Landscape Ontario, Centre de design de l’UQAM, Musée du Château Ramezay, Arrondissement Ville-Marie, Société de développement commercial Vieux-Montréal, Ville de Montréal, Ville de Calgary, IIDEX/Neocon, Evergreen Brick Works, Atlantis, Caisse populaire Desjardins de Mont-Joli, Fédération des Caisses Desjardins du Bas-Saint-Laurent, Ferme J. L. Drapeau, Gaspésie Sauvage, Glendyne, IGA Alimentation de la Mitis, MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier, Miellerie Tête en Fleurs, Pépinière Charlevoix, Premier Horticulture. 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 2011
514 274-2421



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