The International Garden Festival is the largest contemporary garden festival in North America. Since its creation in 2000, nearly 200 gardens have been presented in situ at Grand-Métis and in extramural locations in Canada and abroad. The Festival takes place on a site adjacent to the historic gardens, allowing for a dialogue between history and modernity, between conservation, tradition and innovation....Each year, the event features approximately twenty creations by some seventy architects, landscape architects and designers from various disciplines. The event is presented with the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and Canadian Heritage. Read more
Our 23rd edition is seeking innovative projects that will contribute to the need to change. The climate change events in northern climates affect our garden more than others. In 2021 alone, we had too little rain and too much rain. Our spruce forest has been decimated by the spruce bud worm. The cool temperatures and heavy snow cover that have allowed the site to host one of the largest collections of ornamental plants in Quebec is now threatened by hot summer weather and the absence of snow. The Festival site, like many other shoreline landscapes along the St. Lawrence River, is battered by erosion. COVID-19 is forcing adaptation – in our habits, our parks, and our playgrounds. Pathways have been changed – one way is now a signpost as common for humans as it was once for our vehicles. Can gardens adapt? Or are they the last bastion of freedom?
We are adapting. Are others? How can we lead adaptation? How can the garden installations respond to change?