Canada - Québec
The International Garden Festival at Reford Gardens - Les Jardins de Métis in Quebec, Canada, is the leading contemporary garden festival in North America. Presented at Les Jardins de Métis, at the gateway of the Gaspé Peninsula, the Festival is held on a site adjacent to the historic gardens created by Elsie Reford, thereby establishing a bridge between history and modernity, and a dialogue between conservation, tradition and innovation. Each year the Festival exhibits conceptual gardens created by more than seventy architects, landscape architects and designers from various disciplines in a natural environment on the banks of the St. Lawrence River.

International Garden Festival Canada

The International Garden Festival at Reford Gardens (Les Jardins de Métis) in Quebec, Canada is a unique place of innovation and experimentation in contemporary landscape design.

It is also a launching pad for participating designers from a host of disciplines. It provides an annual rendez-vous for admirers of contemporary gardens and design as well as offering a unique space for those involved in the renewal of this art form. This artistic and tourism event also gives visitors a chance to discover inspiring spaces bringing together the visual arts, architecture, design, landscape and the environment.

The Festival site is articulated around two perpendicular axes. The north-south axis is defined by a geometric grid of identical rectangular spaces that are 10m x 20m. They are separated from each other by a filter of trees (birch, ash, maple and linden) underplanted with ground covers. The west-east axis consists of a series of garden rooms that are variable in size and of irregular configurations.

There are 20 conceptual gardens at the 16th International Garden Festival, including some of the most popular from the previous seasons, such as ‘Courtesy of Nature’, ‘ A Ditch with a View’, ‘Jardin M’ and ‘Making Circles in the Water’. Five new gardens have been selected for the 2016 season (see below)

The International Garden Festival runs from May 28 to October 1, 2016. The ticket booth is open from:

June                      8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (last entrance) / 6 p.m. closing of the gates

July                        8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. (last entrance) / 8 p.m. closing of the gates

August                  8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. (last entrance) / 8 p.m. closing of the gates

September          8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (last entrance) / 6 p.m. closing of the gates

A visit to the Reford Gardens takes about 1 ½ and 3 hours and add an extra hour for the International Garden Festival (only open from June 27 to September 27, 2015).

Address: 200, rte 132, Grand-Métis, Québec, Canada, G0J 1Z0


New gardens for 2016:

Le caveau (The Cave) by Christian Poules of Switzerland.

Carbone by Coache Lacaille Paysagistes of France.

Cyclops by Craig Chapple, architect, Phoenix, Arizona, United States

La maison de Jacques (Jack’s House) by Romy Brosseau, Rosemarie Faille-Faubert, Émilie Gagné-Loranger, intern architects, Canada

TiiLT by SRCW [Sean Radford, architect, Chris Wiebe, designer], Canada

plus a highly commended project: Dress Up! by Ran Hwang, artist, Sangmok Kim, architect, Sungwoo Kim, architect, Shin Hee Park, fashion artist, Seoul, South Korea / Beijing, China / New York, United States.

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All prices in $Canadian

Adults: $20
Seniors*: $19
Students*: $17
Young Adult (14 to 18 years old): $10
Children (13 and under): Free

(*proof of age required)