The International Garden Festival Announces the Designers for its 20th Edition

Six “Terrains de jeu” from Canada, France, Germany and Italy will offer fun for everyone during the summer of 2019. Child-friendly without being childish, adventurous without being unsafe, the interactive spaces chosen for the 20th anniversary of the International Garden Festival will offer a colourful and creative playground of curated spaces.

Grand-Métis, February 13, 2019. The International Garden Festival is pleased to announce the names of the designers selected by the jury for the 20th edition presented at Les Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens, from June 22 to October 6, 2019. Visitors will be invited to explore the twenty-seven contemporary gardens, and enter the interactive spaces created by more than eighty-five landscape architects, architects, designers and visual artists.

The 6 new gardens of the 2019 edition of the Festival, selected from 154 projects submitted from 28 countries, are:

Dirt ground by Silvia Bachetti & Agnese Casadio, Bologna, Italy

Dirt ground
Photo credit: International Garden Festival

Le dernier petit cochon by APPAREIL Architecture, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Le dernier petit cochon
Photo credit: International Garden Festival

Forêt by Mathilde Leveau & Ronan Virondaud, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada & Le Mans, France

Photo credit: International Garden Festival
Photo credit: International Garden Festival

The Colors of Métis by SOWATORINI Landschaft [Sebastian Sowa, Gianluca Torini] & sevengardens [Isabella Smolin], Berlin &  Essen, Germany

The Colours of Métis
Photo credit: International Garden Festival

Making Waves by Ted Kesik, Cornel Campbell, Thevishka Kanishkan, Reesha Morar & Anton Skorishchenko, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Making Waves
Photo credit: International Garden Festival

Ici et ailleurs by José Luis Torres
Montmagny, Quebec, Canada

Ici et ailleurs
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Two projects received a special mention from the jury:

Le grand hamac by Intégral Jean Beaudoin [Jean Beaudoin, Myriam Leclair, Gabriel Paquette-Méthé], Montreal, Quebec, Canada

komerebi by Adrian Haibara Sanchez & Isabella Millington, Madrid, Spain

The jury was composed of Claudia Campeau, architect and co-designer of the installation Paysage euphonique created for the 2017 edition of the Festival, Jamie Reford, Master in Landscape Architecture student at the University of Toronto, François Leblanc, technical director, International Garden Festival and Alexander Reford, director, Reford Gardens and International Garden Festival. All projects submitted as part of this contest are presented on the Festival website:

About the International Garden Festival
The International Garden Festival is the leading contemporary garden festival in North America. Since its inception in 2000, more than 180 contemporary and ephemeral gardens have been exhibited at Grand-Métis and as extra-mural projects in Canada and around the world.

Presented at Les Jardins de Métis, at the gateway to 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 architects, landscape architects and designers from various disciplines in a pristine environment on the banks of the St. Lawrence River.

The International Garden Festival is presented with the financial assistance of many public and private partners: Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, Canada Summer Jobs, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and Emploi-Québec.

About the Reford Gardens / Jardins de Métis
A National Historic Site and Québec heritage site, the Reford Gardens / Jardins de Métis are an obligatory stop for all those visiting eastern Quebec. Cultural space and tourist destination for over 50 years, the Reford Gardens is one of the most popular attractions in the Gaspésie region, providing visitors with experiences for every sense. Located on the banks of the St. Lawrence and Mitis rivers, they were created between 1926 and 1958 by avid gardener and plant collector, Elsie Reford. Hydro-Québec has been the lead sponsor of the Reford Gardens since 1999.

The Gardens will be open every day from June 1st to October 6, 2019. Children 13 and under are admitted free of charge. 

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