June 22, 2012

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Grand-Métis, Québec, Canada, June 22, 2012. Stacks of wood that evoke the beauty of the forest, a cloud of vines suspended over helium-filled balloons, a collection of nature’s beauty on display in elegant boxes, flax whipped into life by winds of 15 knots and a gargantuan structure of white tubes reaching skywards, are just some of the gardens that are on view at the 13th edition of the International Garden Festival that opens today.

From the four corners of the planet, 65 designers are presenting the 26 gardens the 13th edition of the Festival held on the grounds of Les Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens on the banks of the St. Lawrence River in eastern Québec. The designers are landscape architects, architects and artists from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. Their gardens will seduce and provoke visitors and illustrate the extraordinary originality they bring to renewing the art of the garden. For more information on the Festival and their designers, consult the web site www.refordgardens.com.

New designers this year are: ATLAS [Kimberly Garza, Andrew ten Brink] and Forbes Lipschitz • Ekachai Pattamasattayasonthi and dL Studio [Tom Lee, Soren deNiord] • atelier eem [Marc Blume, Francesca Liggieri, Estelle Nicod] and Héloïse Blanzat • Laura B. Garófalo • Les attentives [Chloé B. Fortin, Audrey Lavallée]. Their designs for conceptual gardens were chosen among the 158 projects submitted to the jury after an international call for proposals. Extra-mural gardens were exhibited in London, England as part of the inaugural edition of the new Chelsea Fringe Festival as will be presented in Montréal, Mont-Joli and Sainte-Flavie this summer.

The designers whose gardens will be exhibited again this summer are: asensio_mah [Leyre Asensio-Villoria, David Syn Chee Mah] • Atelier le balto [Véronique Faucheur, Marc Pouzol, Marc Vatinel] and Kai Schiemenz • Balmori Associates [Diana Balmori, Noémie Lafaurie-Debany, Sarah Falbe-Hansen] • Claude Cormier • Rosetta Sarah Elkin • Thilo Folkerts of 100landschaftsarchitektur and Rodney Latourelle • Jane Hutton and Adrian Blackwell, • Hal Ingberg • Ken Smith Workshop [Ken Smith, Hardy Stecker, Frank Barbour] • Legge Lewis Legge [Andrea Legge, Deborah Lewis, Murray Legge] • MVVA [Michael Van Valkenburgh, Scott Streeb, Joe Bivona] • Deborah Nagan • NIPpaysage [Mathieu Casavant, Josée Labelle, Michel Langevin, Mélanie Mignault, Georges-Étienne Parent, Claude Cournoyer, Sylvain Lenoir, Émilie Bertrand-Villemure] • North Design Office [Pete and Alissa North] • relais Landschaftsarchitekten [Gero Heck, Marianne Mommsen] • Heather Ring, Brenda Parker and Synnøve Fredericks • spmb [Eduardo Aquino, Karen Shanski], Ralf Glor, Matt Baker and Martin Gagnon • Studio Bryan Hanes [Bryan Hanes, Jose Menendez, Yadiel Rivera Diaz, Brenna Herpmann] and DIGSAU [Jules Dingle, Jeff Goldstein, Mark Sanderson, Jamie Unkefer, Aaron Jezzi] • Terragram [Vladimir Sitta, Anita Madura, Robert Faber] • Topotek1 [Martin Rein-Cano, Lorenz Dexler].

Created in 2000, the International Garden Festival is the premier festival dedicated to the creation and exhibition of conceptual gardens in North America. Since its inaugural edition, the Festival has presented more than 130 gardens by over 500 designers from around the world and attracted more than 750,000 visitors.

Partners of the 2012 Festival are: Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, Summer Jobs Canada 2012, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Tourisme Québec, Conférence régionale des éluEs du Bas-Saint-Laurent and Emploi-Québec. Sponsors of the 2012 Festival are: Premier Horticulture, Miellerie Tête en Fleurs, Pépinière Charlevoix, Empco, Varicon Aqua Solutions. Hydro-Québec has been the lead partner of Les Jardins de Métis and its environmental initiatives since 1999. Collaborators of the 2012 Festival are: Restaurant Les 400 coups, Municipalité de Sainte-Flavie, Ville de Mont-Joli, Aéroport de Mont-Joli, Château Ramezay – Musée et site historique de Montréal, Canada Blooms, Chelsea Fringe Festival and Landscape Ontario.

See the images of the gardens
Go to the Gardens web site - Festival 2012

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Alexander Reford, Director
Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens
Festival international de jardins / International Garden Festival
Telephone: 418 775-2222, x 222



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