The 17th International Garden Festival


The International Garden Festival is the leading contemporary garden festival in North America.

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The 17th International Garden Festival The International Garden Festival is the leading contemporary garden festival in North America. Presented at Les Jardins de Métis, on the St. Lawrence river in Quebec, Canada, with five new gardens for this 17th edition of the festival.

Le Caveau

A festival for garden lovers, a party for the senses in a truly unique backdrop - Les Jardins de Métis, at the gateway to the Gaspé Peninsula, on a site adjacent to the historic gardens created by Elsie Reford. For this year's edition, the international jury selected five new gardens from 203 projects submitted from 31 countries, which clearly shows the growing attention to landscaping.

Le Caveau

The new gardens include LE CAVEAU by Christian Poules, Swiss architect and landscape architect. He designed a complex construction made of stone gabions that support a levitating green platform, creating an awe-inspiring optical effect.

On the other hand, CYCLOPS is a gargantuan cone 8 metres in diameter suspended over the forest floor. The work of Craig Chapple (USA) who has pursued both architecture and the visual arts simultaneously throughout his career explores the relationship between the object and the landscape, where by entering the opening at the bottom of the cone, the visitor experiences the blending of the man-made frame with the organic and natural environment.

La Maison de Jacques


The MAISON DE JACQUES by Canadians Romy Brosseau, Rosemarie Faille-Faubert and Émilie Gagné-Loranger is a reference to “Jack and the beanstalk” that provides a happy home to a forest of beans where children can play hide-and-seek in one of many secret gardens. In TiiLT, the project by Canadian firm SRCW interprets the formal geometries of the labyrinth and the many informal camping traditions in the Canadian landscape while CARBONE by French landscape artists Coache Lacaille Paysagistes offers a charred tree trunk, capturing carbon during its entire life and contributing to the renaissance of the forest.



An experience not to be missed, you've got until 2 October to explore these new ideas for international landscaping.

Christiane Bürklein

International Garden Festival - http://www.refordgardens.com/
Location: Quebec, Canada
until 2 September at Les Jardins de Métis
Images: courtesy of International Garden Festival – CARBONE © Louise Tanguay, TiiLT © Martin Bond, LA MAISON DE JACQUES © Martin Bond, LE CAVEAU © Martin Bond, CYCLOPS © Martin Bond
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