May 24, 2013

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Gardens Open for the Season on Saturday, June 1

Grand-Métis, May 24, 2013. The Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens open for their 51st season on Saturday, June 1 and promise an extraordinary edition of the International Garden Festival, new features in the gardens and a program of events that includes environmental initiatives, literary teas, guest chefs and musical brunches. New this year – the opening of the vegetable garden, the blue poppy trial beds and the Museum of Garden Tools.

Estevan Lodge Restaurant Opens with the First of Many Culinary Events
The dining rooms of Estevan Lodge open on Saturday, June 1 with our own chef Pierre-Olivier Ferry offering a meal of lobster, fish and seafood from the St. Lawrence. Chef Ferry and his team have a busy season ahead of them, with luncheon service every day from June 12.

Pop-Up Store Featuring Unique Products and Special Deals for Just Two Days
Join us at the Visitor Pavilion for our first-ever Pop-Up Store. Sample our new lines of products made by artisans and designers from Québec and around the world. Purchase some rare and unusual plants such as Agapanthus, Tibetan blue poppies, unique daylily hybrids, Maidenhair ferns and more. Our new garden shop manager, Odette Saint-Arnaud, looks forward to welcoming you to the Pop-Up Store and the Garden Shop. The Pop-Up Store is open for just two days on June 1 and June 2.

Plant Experts Share their Knowledge and Enthusiasm
Join us on Saturday and Sunday at the Visitor Pavilion for lectures by plant experts (free admission):

Saturday, June 1:            Peonies with Patricia Gallant, 2 pm

Sunday,  June 2:               Daylilies with Jean Rocheleau, 2 pm and Blue Poppies with Jean-Yves Roy, 3 pm

Environmental Stewardship
This year’s annual community cleanup of the trails and shoreline of the Mitis River Park will be held on Saturday, June 1 at the Mitis River Park from 9 am onwards. The cleanup is part of the Journée nationale des sentiers 2013 organized by the Fédération québéçoise de la marche. Participants are offered a free lunch and the pleasure of participating in contributing to maintaining this unique conservation area.

Les Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens are located on the shores of the St. Lawrence and Mitis rivers at the gateway to the Gaspé Peninsula. A national historic site, Les Jardins de Métis are ranked as one of the great gardens of North America. Created by Elsie Reford over a period of 30 years, they are a living testimony to her passion for gardening and plants. The Gardens host a range of events and activities throughout the summer and are open every day from June 1 to September 29. Children 13 and under are admitted free of charge.

Partners: Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Emploi-Québec, ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine, ministère du Tourisme, MRC de La Mitis, Conférence régionale des éluEs du Bas-Saint-Laurent, Hydro-Québec, Caisse Desjardins de Mont-Joli, J. W. McConnell Family Foundation, Canadian Fondation Hydro-Québec pour l’environnement, Projet Eau Bleue RBC, SAQ, Moët et Chandon, Caisse d’économie solidaire Desjardins, Fédération des caisses Desjardins du Bas-Saint-Laurent, MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier, Premier Horticulture, Canada Blooms, Museums Association, Carrefour jeunesse-emploi Mitis, Summer Jobs Canada, Fédération des chambres de commerces du Québec, Heritage Canada Foundation, Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec.

Collaborators: Les Ateliers Plein Soleil, Carrefour de la littérature, des arts et de la culture, Musée régional de Rimouski, Festi Jazz international de Rimouski, Comité ZIP du Sud-de-l’Estuaire, Parc de la rivière Mitis, Canada Council Art Bank, Heritage Lower St.Lawrence, Restaurant Les 400 coups, Gaspésie Sauvage, Château Ramezay – Musée et site historique de Montréal, Programme Les Exceptionnelles, Rouge FM.

To obtain further details about events and activities held at the Gardens this summer, consult the web site, watch our Facebook site or contact us at 418 775-2222.

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Source :               
Alexander Reford
Director, Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens and the International Garden Festival
T: 418 775-2222 x 222

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

Avec la participation de :
- Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
- Emploi-Québec
- Ministère du tourisme
- Ministère de la Culture et des Communications




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