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