Welcome to the Web Site of Reford Gardens and the International Garden Festival.

Les Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens invite you to explore the gardens and its many attractions. Our new web site has been created to provide you with all the information you need. Whether you are just looking for dates and rates, seeking to learn more about this national historic site or trying to replicate Elsie Reford’s success with the magical and mysterious blue poppy, or wishing to view the more than 100 gardens presented by the International Garden Festival, this web site has a great deal of information and some stunning images. We have done our best to provide you with a flavor of this special place.

We hope that you will explore this site – or better yet – make the visit to Grand-Métis to visit the Gardens for yourself.

The Gardens will be open from May 31 to September 28, 2014.


Photography Workshops

Photography Workshops with Louise Tanguay
Join Louise Tanguay this summer in Grand-Métis to photograph one of Canada’s most beautiful horticultural gems, Reford Gardens. And yes! Beginning of July is blue poppy, azalea and peony blooming season! During the workshop Louise will share her experience and knowledge through illustrated instructional lectures. Participants will have unlimited access to the gardens as well as to the International Garden Festival grounds. Daily sessions to evaluate and discuss our work will be held at the Reford Gardens’ new administrative building. Included in the workshop are six gastronomic meals prepared by the gardens’ award-winning chef, Pierre-Olivier Ferry. Come and enjoy this unique garden photography workshop in the company of others who share the same passion! Two workshops are available, one in English and one in French.


In English only

July 6 to 11, 2014

Consult the flyer and register HERE.



In French only

June 29 to July 4, 2014 (FULL)

Consult the flyer and register HERE.

2014 Gardens


The International Garden Festival is pleased to announce the names of the designers selected by the jury for the 15th edition of the Festival. The competition attracted 293 proposals for contemporary gardens submitted from 35 countries.

The new gardens selected for the 2014 edition are:


  • Afterburn by Montréal-bred and Brooklyn-based architects Ksenia Kagner and Nicko Elliott of Civilian Projects


  • Cone Garden by architect and landscape architect Seungjong Yoo, media artist Byoungjoon Kwon, botanist Hyeryoung Cho and landscape designers Yongchul Cho, Iltae Jeong, Jinhwan Kim and Soojung Yoon [LIVESCAPE], Seoul, South Korea


  • Line Garden by Canadian artist/designers Coryn Kempster and Julia Jamrozik based in Basel, Switzerland


  • Méristème by Montréal collective Châssi, formed by designers Caroline Magar, Marie-Josée Gagnon and François Leblanc


  • Orange Secret by landscape architect and urban designer William E. Roberts and agricultural engineer and landscape architect Laura Santin from Nomad Studio, based in New York, USA


  • Rotunda by architects Aurora Armental Ruiz and Stefano Ciurlo Walker from CITYLABORATORY, Santiago de Compostela, Spain


Two projects received special mentions from the jury:

  • Bal à la Villa by landscape architects Annie Ypperciel and Robert Desjardins from Montréal
  • sPOTs by architects Roy Talmon and Noa Biran [Talmon Biran architecture studio], Tel Aviv (IsraeI)

Congratulations to all those chosen and thanks to all those who participated.

The jury was composed of Denis Boucher, chargé de projet, Conseil du patrimoine religieux du Québec; Cécile Combelle, architect with Atelier Barda and designer of the Sacré potager garden for the 2013 edition of the Festival; Vincent Lemay, landscape architect; Matei Paquin, project development director, Moment Factory; Ann Webb, past executive director and publisher, Canadian Art Foundation and Alexander Reford, director of Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens and the International Garden Festival.

15th edition of the International Garden Festival from June 28 to September 28, 2014.

All the entries will be on-line in January on the website of the Festival.

Season's Pass

Buy your Season's Pass online

A Season's Pass to the Reford Gardens provides you with:

  • Unlimited access to Reford Gardens and International Garden Festival
  • Access to the dining rooms in Estevan Lodge
  • NEW : receive a complimentary floral salad in a spoon whenever you join us for lunch at Estevan Lodge
  • Invitations to special events
  • Friends of Metis Newsletter
  • 10% discount in the Garden Shop
  • Free access to the Domaine Joly-De Lotbinière and the Manoir Fraser in Rivière du Loup



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and contribute to the preservation and development of the Reford Gardens

Donations are used entirely for environmental, education and cultural programs and for our ongoing efforts to restore the gardens and heritage buildings we own. Your contribution, whatever its size, will assist us in our efforts. Please give generously.