June 19, 2013

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Grand-Métis, June 19, 2013. The International Garden Festival welcomes the 50 designers participating in the creation of the 26 gardens featured as part of its 14th edition. The Festival opens to the public on Saturday, June 22.

Six new projects were chosen by a jury following an international competition. The jury chose among the record 290 proposals submitted by over 725 architects, landscape architects, designers and artists from 31 countries.The new gardens that will be exhibited for the 2013 edition are by designers from Canada, Brazil, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, South Korea and the United States.

Sacré potager by atelier barda [Patrick Morand, Antonio Di Bacco, Cécile Combelle and Julien Pinard], Montréal, Canada and Paris, France. An installation that presents the profane and the sacred in discreet wooden altars that evoke the wayside crosses once found on Québec’s country roads. Each one will bring the visitor to explore our culinary and horticultural heritage. An invitation to return heritage seeds and plants to our gardens our plates and grocery store shelves.
Courtesy of Nature by Johan Selbing and Anouk Vogel, Amsterdam, Netherlands. In this reference to the white walls and silent spaces of contemporary museums, Courtesy of Nature exhibits and encourages visitors to explore their relationship to nature. Should it be worshipped? protected? How should it be developed or exploited? A way of illustrating this age-old debate in a new light, to better understand the nature around us.
Dead Garden II by Carlos M. Teixeira, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Dead Garden II is a garden made of tree trunks and branches found nearby. It takes advantage of an inexorable phenomenon: every life is a foretold failure, every plant will perish, and organic matter one day will be of use to somebody else. Trees die and new trees are born. Growth and becoming are tools of the landscape architect, but rarely the cycle of life and death is the substance of garden design. The garden also plays with the corridor, a useless and avoided space in architectural plans that here becomes a series of parallel aisles activated by means of an inanimate natural element.
Edge Effect by Snohetta [Claire Fellman, Nick Koster, Karli Molter, Misako Murata and Maura Rockcastle], New York, USA. The threshold between forest and field offers contrasting environments. The forest floor and the un-mown field are the threshold between the horizontal and the vertical and offer an opportunity to observe where the edge becomes the centre.
Pink Punch by Nicholas Croft and Michaela MacLeod, New York, USA. Pink Punch attracts visitors off the beaten path by its color, lured through the garden rooms and into the forest. A small cluster of trees are wrapped at their bases to become a pinkscape of communal seating.
Smart Small by Ecoid [Yongkyu Kim and Jonghyun Baek], Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA. These small intelligent units are where mosses and herbs are grown. Visitors can take part in the creative process of planting and placing these experimental units. A new garden by Montréal designers NIPpaysage is being built around the theme The Right Tree in the Right Place, sponsored by Hydro-Québec. The garden is both a pedagogical and a play space, designed to instruct visitors on the importance of planting the right trees near to hydro lines.

The Festival is also exhibiting extra-mural gardens as part of its ongoing program to export its creativity and animate public spaces. The Festival is building a shoreline installation by Deborah Nagan in the village of Ste-Flavie. Inspired by her popular garden already on view on the festival site, the installation will present aesthetic and ecological ways of landscaping shoreline environments and countering the erosion caused by the winds and waves of the St. Lawrence. Photographs by Joan Sullivan will provide a visual counterpoint to the platnings. The Festival returns to the Place de la Dauversière, adjacent to the Musée Château Ramezay Museum in Old Montréal, with a new installation by architect Pierre Thibault. Jardin M mirrors the silhouettes of surrounding buildings, providing an architectural counterpoint to the historic buildings of Old Montréal. The ever popular La Balançoire by Cédule 40 is on view in Mont-Joli adjacent to the ATR Gaspésie tourist information offices. A new version of Rosetta Elkin’s installation, Tiny Taxonomy, is being exhibited at the prestigious Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston all summer.

The Festival has mobilized a large team of workers, interns and volunteers to build the gardens of the 14th edition. Under the supervision of technical director François Leblanc, a team of 10 workers, 4 interns from DESTA in Montréal and 6 interns from universities and colleges in Québec and France have been building the Festival gardens since construction began on May 6.

The International Garden Festival is the leading contemporary garden festival in North America. Presented since 2000, the Festival has exhibited more than 130 gardens on the festival site as well as extra-mural gardens in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, France, Italy and the United Kingdom.

For more information on the Festival and its program of activities and events, consult www.refordgardens.com. For interviews with the designers of the 14th edition of the Festival, call (418) 775-2221, x 230.

The International Garden Festival is presented with the financial assistance of many public and private partners: Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Tourisme Québec, Canada Summer Jobs and Emploi-Québec. The CRE Bas-Saint-Laurent supports the presentation of extra-mural gardens in the region. The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation is supporting the DESTA intern program. Hydro-Québec has been a major partner of Les Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens since 1999 and is the lead sponsor of the 14th edition of the International Garden Festival.

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Alexander Reford, director
Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens                                       
Festival international de jardins / International Garden Festival                                                             
418 775-2222, ext. 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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