International Garden Festival | Reford Gardens



20th Edition of the International Garden Festival
Presented from June 22 to October 6, 2019

For its 20th anniversary edition, the Festival is seeking to explore new directions and continue our exploration of play. “Terrains de jeu” is fertile ground for creativity, encompassing both the notion of compact space and play. The Festival is encouraging designers to imagine spaces that work within the confines of modest parcels all the while offering a big punch. Confronting the planetary challenges of needing to limit growth, developing sustainably and minimizing our ecological impact, the 2019 Festival is a venue where designers will explore the principals of voluntary simplicity all the while offering a footprint for fun. The interactive spaces chosen through this competition will excite, enthrall or envelop visitors. They will be child-friendly without being childish, adventurous without being unsafe. Explore, experiment and celebrate – this is the effect we want the 2019 Festival to have on every one of our 60,000 visitors.

Discover the new gardens here (as well as all the proposals received)

The International Garden Festival is recognized as the most important event of its kind in North America and one of the festivals around the world. Since 2000, some 900 000 people have been able to discover about a hundred gardens designed by more than 220 creators from fifteen countries.

The Festival is recognized as an innovation forum and an experimental laboratory for gardening art. It is an annual appointment a must for all lovers of contemporary gardens, but also for all designers involved in a reflection on the renewal of this art. It is a place of inspiration and renewal, both for the public and for artists and designers.

The Festival's presentation site was conceived following an architectural competition by Atelier in situ (Prix de Rome, 2001) and Vlan paysages. The assembly is articulated in two perpendicular axes. The north-south axis consists of an alignment of land of identical size (10m x 20m). These parcels are separated from each other by plant filters planted with a mixture of birch, maple, ash, linden and plant carpeting. The west-east axis consists of a series of green chambers of varying sizes. The site is bordered to the north by the St. Lawrence River, to the west by a deciduous woodland and to the east by a large field and a forest mainly composed of conifers. Sometimes gardens be installed in other spaces, either on the Festival site or in the historic gardens.

In Canada, the Festival has led to the creation of other similar events: "Ephemeral Landscapes" on Montreal\'s Avenue du Mont-Royal, from 2005 to 2009, "Espace 400e Jardins Éphémères" in Quebec City in 2008 and "Landscape of Celebration" at the Olympic Plaza in Calgary in 2010.