February 6, 2012

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A special programme on the Reford Gardens to be broadcast on Le tour du jardin on Sunday, February 12

Grand-Métis, Febuary 6, 2012. Reford Gardens (Les Jardins de Métis) will be featured on a special program to be broadcast on the series Le tour du jardin on Sunday, February 12 at 6 pm.

The program host actress Geneviève Rioux tours Les Jardins de Métis director, Alexander Reford, who unveils some of the secrets of the gardens and presents the rare and unusual plants that form part of the collection. Horticulturist Albert Mondor offers practical advice for amateur gardeners and presents several of the gardens’ most popular and difficult plants. Historian Martin Fournier delves into the past and chronicles the life of Elsie Reford and her team of gardeners who built the garden in the 1920s. The program offers viewers an opportunity to learn more about plants and the secrets of their cultivation and enjoy a tour of the gardens in the bright sun and perfect skies of the Gaspésie.

Filming took place on July 4 and July 5 last summer. Since then, the Historia team have explored the Gardens’ extensive archive of photographs and historic documents to complete their documentary.

Le tour du jardin, broadcast on the Historia network in Québec and across Canada since 2010, offers viewers an opportunity to visit the best public and private gardens in Québec and Canada. To view the 2012 broadcast schedule or view past programmes, consult the Le tour du jardin web site (http://www.historiatv.com/emissions/le-tour-du-jardin).

Les Jardins de Métis have been the subject of several programs and documentaires in recent years, notably Histoires Oubliées, Recreating Eden, Rhythm and Blooms, Martha Stewart and The Victory Garden. The documentary Twice upon a garden by Philippe Baylaucq, winner of the ARTV Prix du Public Award at the 2010 edition of FIFA, enjoyed a round the world tour and was screened in Paris, London, New York, Chicago and Toronto.

To learn more about the Gardens’ program of special events and activities surrounding its 50th and 125th anniversaries in 2012, consul tour web site www.refordgardens.com.

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Alexander Reford
Directeur, Jardins de Métis
418 775-2222, poste 222





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