The 15th International Garden Festival | Grand-Métis, Canada

Pink Punch Louise Tanguay

Pink Punch | Nicholas Croft & Michaela MacLeod, USA | Image Credit Louise Tanguay

Recently, the 15th edition of the International Garden Festival opened presenting 22 contemporary gardens at Les Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens. Imagined by sixty-five designers from Seoul, Santiago de Compostela, New York, Philadelphia, Basel, Amsterdam, Paris and Montreal, these installations invite visitors to enter and contemplate new ways of seeing the landscape and the world.

Rotunda | Citylaboratory,  Spain | Image Credit Citylaboratory

Rotunda | Citylaboratory, Spain | Image Credit Citylaboratory

Aligned on a sunny esplanade or huddled in green rooms, the installations evoke the playful, the poetic and the delicacy and complexity of life. Through such installations as Courtesy of Nature, Sacré potager, Orange Secret, Pink Punch, Méristème, Cone Garden, Afterburn and Bal à la Villa, visitors are transported to new universes on an exceptional environment on the edge of St. Lawrence River.

Sacré potager | Atelier Barda, Canada |  Image Credit Atelier Barda

Sacré potager | Atelier Barda, Canada |
Image Credit Atelier Barda

Dead Garden II  | Carlos M. Teixeira, Brasil |  Image Credit JC&L Hurni

Dead Garden II | Carlos M. Teixeira, Brasil |
Image Credit JC&L Hurni

Réflexions colorées | Hal Ingberg, Canada | image Credit JC&L Hurni

Réflexions colorées | Hal Ingberg, Canada
| image Credit JC&L Hurni

This garden festival is unique in Quebec. It proposes in a simple, direct and effective way the importance of landscape architecture in our daily lives. The Festival continues until the end of September and is a must-see for those visiting Québec and the Gaspésie and Lower St. Lawrence regions this summer.

Courtesy of Nature, Anouk Vogel & Johan Selbing, Netherlands | Image Credit JC&L Hurni

Courtesy of Nature, Anouk Vogel & Johan Selbing, Netherlands |
Image Credit JC&L Hurni

Le bon arbre au bon endroit | NIPpaysage, Canada Image Credit  JC&L Hurni

Le bon arbre au bon endroit | NIPpaysage, Canada
Image Credit JC&L Hurni

The Gardens are open every day up to September 28, 2014. Children 13 and under are admitted free of charge.

For more information see Reford Gardens

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