January 18, 2011

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International Garden Festival En Route to Boston, New York and Toronto

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Grand-Métis, January 18,
2011. The International Garden Festival is travelling to Boston, New York and Toronto as part of a promotional tour to promote its achievements and designers.

Alexander Reford will be presenting 100 gardens of the 11 editions of the International Garden Festival at the prestigious Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston on Saturday, January 22. Part of a series of lectures on landscape and landscape design, his talk will focus on the remarkable creativity and innovation shown by the more than 220 designers who have participated in the Festival since 2000. For further information or to obtain tickets click on the following link: http://connect.gardnermuseum.org/site/Calendar/887763660?view=Detail&id=105861

The film by Philippe Baylaucq, Twice Upon a Garden, on Les Jardins de Métis and the International Garden Festival, will be presented at the American Institute of Architects Center for Architecture in New York on Saturday, January 29 as part of a special screening of award-winning films from last year’s International Festival of Films on Art. Twice Upon a Garden won the Prix du Public ARTV and is touring with the other award-winning films to museums and galleries around the world. For further information or to obtain tickets click on the following link: http://cfa.aiany.org/index.php?section=calendar&evtid=2573

The Festival has returned to Toronto where it is currently presenting Fractal Garden at the Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto. Fractal Garden is composed of 21 steel boxes planted with three types of plants that can be configured into an infinite variety of configurations. Fractal Garden is designed by Legge Lewis Legge, a collaborative interdisciplinary art, design and architecture group out of New York City and Austin, Texas. Fractal Garden has been a feature garden at the International Garden Festival for the past two years. It was exhibited at the IIDEX/NeoCon show before making its way to the Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto. Evergreen Brick Works is a project of Evergreen, Canada’s national charity dedicated to bringing nature into public spaces, schools and homes. Evergreen is restoring Toronto’s derelict Don Valley Brick Works to its proper place at the centre of the city’s future. For further information on the Fractal Garden, follow this link to the profile on the garden and its designers: http://www.jardinsdemetis.com/francais/festival/jardin-85-fractal-garden.php?EC=1

The Festival will be returning to Canada Blooms in Toronto (from March 15 to March 20) with a new garden by Deborah Nagan How Green is the Garden? It draws inspiration from her very popular garden exhibited for the past two years - Every Garden Needs a Shed and a Lawn. Re-designed and re-imagined for Canada Blooms, a collection of coloured garden sheds and their contents will encourage gardeners to think about the environmental impact of their garden.

About the International Garden Festival

The International Garden Festival is the leading contemporary garden festival in North America. The Festival takes place on a site adjacent to the historic gardens created by Elsie Reford in Grand-Métis, on the banks of the St. Lawrence River in eastern Québec. Presented since 2000, the Festival has exhibited 110 gardens by 220 designers from fifteen countries as well as extra-mural gardens in Montréal, Toronto, France, Italy and the United Kingdom. The only event of its kind in Canada, the Festival is a showcase and a springboard for emerging designers in all disciplines. The Festival has attracted over 950,000 visitors since its inception. In addition to presenting temporary gardens on site, the Festival also exhibits extra-mural gardens, in 2010 at Canada Blooms in Toronto, on Olympic Plaza in Calgary and on the Place de la Dauversière next to the Musée du Château Ramezay Museum in Old Montréal. To learn more about the 2011 lineup of the Festival or to view gardens exhibited at past editions of the Festival go to the gardens’ web site, http://www.refordgardens.com/.

About Les Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens

The Reford Gardens are located on the shores of the St. Lawrence and Mitis rivers in Québec, 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 Québec.The Gardens open for the 2011 season on June 4.

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



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