Festival | 2014 Edition
The International Garden Festival is presented at the Reford Gardens from June 28 to September 28, 2014.
List of gardens for the 2014 edition
ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL GARDEN FESTIVAL AND THE REFORD GARDENS
The 15th edition of the International Garden Festival presents 22 contemporary 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. Visitors are transported to new universes on an exceptional environment on the edge of St. Lawrence River.
The competition attracted 293 proposals for contemporary gardens submitted by over 700 architects, landscape architects, designers and artists from 35 countries. The jury of the 2014 edition 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 of 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.
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.
Unique forum for innovation and experimentation since 2000, the International Garden Festival is the leading venue for the exhibition of contemporary gardens in North America. The Festival fosters interaction between the visual arts, architecture, landscape, design and nature and inspires visitors with the unique ephemeral installations that are exhibited every summer.
The International Garden Festival is presented with the financial assistance of: the Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, Canada Summer Jobs, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Tourisme Québec, Conférence régionale des éluEs du Bas-Saint-Laurent, Emploi-Québec and Canada Blooms. Economic Development Canada is the major partner in the development of the Landscape Laboratory project. Hydro-Québec has been the lead sponsor of the Reford Gardens since 1999.
Consult the press release of the Tourism Minister, Mrs Dominique Vien (In French)