International Garden Festival | Reford Gardens



21st Edition of the International Garden Festival
Presented from June 22 to October 4th, 2020

The theme of the 21st edition of the International Garden Festival is Métissages. Continuing the exploration of new ideas and new realms, the Festival is seeking to connect designers from various fields to favour a crossbreeding of practices and professions.

Métissages has historically had negative connotations. In the Canadian context, Métis were often looked down upon as an inappropriate crossing of hard borders of race and religion. In the inter-racial and inter-disciplinary culture of the 21st century, métissages can create unique forms of beauty. The interplay of practitioners and practices can confront difference and foster creativity. The physical and cultural cross-breeding enlivens and encourages the emergence of new practices and projects.

Cross-breeding in the context of contemporary gardens can be of practices (landscape architecture, garden design, architecture, visual arts, industrial design, cuisine and other fields of creative expression), plants (native or exotic) and materials (natural and manufactured). This mixity of approaches enriches and excites, creating new opportunities for exploration.

The five interactive spaces chosen as part of the 2020 call for proposals captivate and envelop visitors, who move from spectators to active participants, as they lie down on the mat in Augmented Grounds, weave their way through circles of (Mé)Tissages, become a vibraphonist in Corps de résonance, explore a coral reef in Forêt corallienne or intertwine in Entwine's macramé.