October 17, 2011

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Les Jardins de Métis and Hydro-Québec Announce the Winner of the « From Grand-Métis to La Grande » 2011 Contest

Grand-Métis, October 17, 2011. Les Jardins de Métis and Hydro-Québec are pleased to announce that the winner of the grand prize in the contest held for visitors to the Gardens is Lyse Fleurant from Rimouski - a weekend for two at the Hydro-Québec’s La Grande complex on James Bay in northern Québec, a value of $ 4,000. The prize offered by Hydro-Québec is part of the ongoing collaboration between Hydro-Québec and Les Jardins de Métis that began in 1999. Hydro-Québec was the lead sponsor of the 12th edition of the International Garden Festival. 
Left to right : Alexander Reford, Director of Les Jardins de Métis, Lyse Fleurant, the winner and Christian Garneau, Chef Relations avec le milieu - Matapédia, Hydro-Québec.

Four visitors were awarded copies of the Répertoire des arbres et arbustes ornementaux, a publication that profiles the 1,760 species and varieties of plants in Quebec. The winners are: Tien Hao Lam and Jocelyne Légaré-Pauzé from Montréal, Monique Preston from Grande-Rivière, Suzanne Vinet from Rimouski.

The 2011 contest is part of the partnership between the gardens and Hydro-Québec and the Hydro-Québec 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 Montréal’s NIPpaysage. The version of their garden, Être 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 13th edition of the International Garden Festival is already being prepared and London will be the invited city. The call for proposals for this edition will close on November 11, 2011. For complete terms, visit the website of the Reford Gardens at www.refordgardens.com.

Partners of the International Garden Festival 2011
The annual International Garden Festival is made possible by the support of La Fondation de Jardins de Métis, 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, Canada Summer Jobs, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Emploi-Québec and Tourisme Québec. The sponsors of the 12th edition were: SAQ, Atlantis, Canadian Salt Company Limited, Miellerie Tête en Fleurs, Pépinière Charlevoix, Premier Horticulture, Restaurant Les 400 coups, Ferme d'élevage Petite Campagne and Vermont Quarries Corporation. Collaborators gardens extramural were: Canada Blooms, Musée du Château Ramezay, Ville de Montréal, Société de développement commercial du Vieux-Montréal and Arrondissement Ville-Marie.

About the 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. 2012 will mark the 50th anniversary of their opening to the public and a series of special events will be offered to visitors. The Gardens will open on Saturday, June 2.

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

Avec la participation de :
Conseil des Arts du Canada
Patrimoine canadien

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




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