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 are open from June 1 to September 29, 2013.
Pop-up Store of the Gardens
June 1 and 2
Rare and unusual plant sale:
Sea-lyme grass and selections from the Exceptionnelles
Books and much more..
June 1 - Saturday Lecture
Patricia Gallant : Une belle des jardins, la pivoine
June 2 - Sunday Lectures
Jean-Yves Roy : Le monde du Meconopsis
Jean Rocheleau : La division des hémérocalles
Photography Workshops with Louise Tanguay
A three-day garden photography workshop at Reford Gardens in Grand-Métis
In English only
July 4 to 7
Join Louise Tanguay on this photographic journey into exceptional Reford Gardens in Grand-Métis.
You will spend mornings and evenings shooting in the garden, and mid-day, you will be reviewing the work, discussing a range of topics, creative and technical in nature. At this time of the year, the blue poppies and azaleas will be in bloom!
Consult the flyer and register HERE.
CÔTÉ MER, CÔTÉ JARDINS
Un atelier d’une semaine dans le Bas-St-Laurent et aux Jardins de Métis
En français seulement.
du 11 au 16 août 2013 - (inscriptions en cours)
du 18 au 23 août 2013 - (vous pouvez inscrire votre nom sur une liste d’attente pour ces dates)
Louise Tanguay séjourne annuellement dans la région du Bas-St-Laurent depuis plus de 10 ans. Elle vous invite à venir découvrir cette magnifique région en sa compagnie. Au cours de cet atelier, vous explorerez le bord de mer, l’intérieur des terres, les villages, ainsi que les incontournables Jardins de Métis qui font la fierté de la région. L’atelier aura lieu sur le site même des Jardins. Consultez le dépliant - Inscription.
A Taste of Honey
Les Jardins de Métis launch their first harvest of honey
Les Jardins de Métis (Reford Gardens) today launch a new gourmet product – honey produced by honey bees during the summer of 2012. It is the latest product in the line of flavourful culinary delicacies produced by Les Jardins de Métis. The Jardins de Métis honey is a light honey, the by-product of the more than 300,000 honey bees in 10 hives that fed on the flowers and delights of the gardens’ collection of more than 3,500 perennials and annuals. “Honey bees typically travel more than 10 times the circumference of the earth in search of their food,” commented apiarist Normand Tremblay, owner of Le Vieux Moulin in Ste-Flavie who owns the hives and partnered with Les Jardins de Métis for this product, “but these bees did not have to go too far. Because the honey is produced by flowers rather than crops, it has a light colour, flows easily and has a lovely floral bouquet that lingers after tasting ». The Jardins de Métis honey is the latest in the line of culinary products developed by chef Pierre-Olivier Ferry and his team. Chef Pierre-Olivier Ferry kept a quantity of the honey to be used in the daily menu he produces for the dining rooms of Estevan Lodge. “With our partners at Émulsion, we produced a beautiful label that reflects what we see these products as being – unique, attractive and a mirror of the reputation of Les Jardins de Métis for quality and unique experiences”, said Chef Ferry.
The other products produced by Les Jardins de Métis are: Pickled Daylily buds in honey vinegar, Fiddleheads pickled in wine vinegar, Daisy buds in wine vinegar, Labrador Tea Jelly, Wild Mint Jelly, Crabapple Jelly, Wild Strawberry and Lemon Basil Spread, Wild Blueberry and Lavender Spread.
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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.
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By answering this questionnaire, you have the chance to win a package including:
We will do the draw at the end of the season on October 1. Good luck and thank you for taking the time to help us!