May 14, 2012

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The International Garden Festival presents Floating Forest at the Inaugural Edition of Chelsea Fringe in London

Grand-Métis, May 14, 2012. The International Garden Festival is presenting a new garden by Montréal landscape architects NIPpaysage at the inaugural edition of the new Chelsea Fringe garden festival in London, United Kingdom, from May 19 to June 20.  

Floating Forest presents 1,000 floating slices of tree trunks, creating a beautiful forest on the still waters of the Grand Union Canal in front of The Portobello Dock that houses The Dock Kitchen restaurant and Tom Dixon’s shop on Ladbroke Grove, West London. Random in size, the suspended slices are displayed in a rigourous orthogonal grid that creates a colourful patterned covering. The garden makes the pacific waters come to life, evoking at once the calm beauty of the canal and the rich biodiversity of pond life.

The garden references the storied history of the Québec forest and the century-old trade links between Québec and the United Kingdom. Many of the timbers in the 19th century industrial buildings of London, like the Victorian wharf building of The Dock Kitchen, are made from the enormous white pine trees that were felled along Québec river valleys, squared, floated and then shipped across the Atlantic to become the beams and floors that supported the shops and factories of the Industrial Revolution.  These roundels (of red cedar) evoke the logs that were once seen floating behind booms at the mouth of every river in the province and the piles of logs still seen throughout Québec, awaiting their transformation into lumber for the construction industry and for export around the world.  

Note the roundels are floating and not for walking!

About NIPpaysage
Recognized for the talent, creativity and innovative use of materials, NIPpaysage ( is a leading firm of Montréal-based landscape architects. Best-known for their adventurous conceptual gardens and award-winning public projects in Montréal and throughout Québec, their work has been published in many international publications. This playful installation is one in a series of conceptual gardens created by NIPpaysage, many of them supported and exhibited in partnership with the International Garden Festival.

About the International Garden Festival
The International Garden Festival ( is the première garden festival in North America. Founded in 2000, the Festival will hold its 13th edition during the summer of 2012. The Festival is held every year at Les Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens, a historic garden on the banks of the St. Lawrence River in eastern Québec. Built on the grounds of Lord Mount Stephen’s fishing camp by his niece, Elsie Reford, the gardens are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their opening to the public this summer with an array of special activities and events. Over the course of its first 12 editions, the Festival has featured over 150 gardens created by more than 500 designers from 14 countries and attracted more than 950,000 visitors. In addition to exhibiting 25 conceptual gardens on the festival site at each edition, the Festival also presents extra-mural gardens in select venues in Canada and around the world. The Festival presented the iconic Blue Stick Garden by Claude Cormier at Hestercombe Gardens in Somerset in 2004.

About the Chelsea Fringe
Chelsea Fringe ( is a new festival of flowers, gardens and gardening across London. It will run for three weeks, at a host of different venues and settings across London from May 19 to June 10. It will feature a wonderful mixture of public spectacles, horticultural happenings and community celebrations. The Fringe is a brand new initiative founded by Festival Director Tim Richardson.

About The Dock Kitchen
The Dock Kitchen ( is Stevie Parle’s restaurant overlooking the Grand Union Canal in Ladbroke Grove, West London. It is located in a converted Victorian Wharf building that is part of an urban regeneration project by Derwent London. The original brick arches and beamed ceilings have been preserved and combined with an exclusive display of the furniture and lighting by designer Tom Dixon. The Tom Dixon shop resides directly beneath the restaurant and houses pieces from over a dozen international designers.

Partners and Collaborators in the Presentation of Floating Forest at Chelsea Fringe
This installation has been made possible by Derwent London and Innocent Drinks. Floating Forest is presented by the International Garden Festival in collaboration with the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Quebec Government Office in London, Destination Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts and Chelsea Fringe. The installation was done by Taliesen Denning of Bristol and his crew.

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Alexander Reford
Jardins de Métis – Reford Gardens
Festival international de jardins – International Garden Festival
Phone : 418 775-2222, x 222





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