April 23, 2012

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A Special Programme on the Reford Gardens to be Re-Broadcast on "Le tour du jardin"

Grand-Métis, April 23, 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 Historia on Sunday, April 29 at 6 pm.

It will be re-broadcast on Monday, April 30 at 2 pm, Tuesday, May 1 at 4 pm, Wednesday May 2 at 10 am, Thursday May 3 at 3 pm, Friday, May 4 at 2 am and 11 am, Saturday May 5 at 5 am and Sunday, May 6 at 7 am.

Geneviève Rioux conducts a tour with gardens’ 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 rare 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. The documentary was filmed in July and last summer. The Historia team had full access to the Gardens’ extensive archive of photographs and historic documents and offer a unique tour through both the past and the present.

Le tour du jardin is broadcast on the Historia network in Québec. The program 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 documentaries 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 our web site www.refordgardens.com.

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



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