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Les Amis des Jardins de Métis


Les Jardins de Métis (also known as Reford Gardens) is owned by Les Amis des Jardins de Métis. Les Amis des Jardins de Métis is a not for profit corporation with charitable status, recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA number 896573383RR0001). Les Amis des Jardins de Métis is responsible for the preservation and development of Les Jardins de Métis. The primary objective of the organization is to maintain the historic gardens, buildings and collections and to share them with visitors of all ages. The organization also has an educational, cultural and environmental mission. Les Jardins de Métis is a National Historic Site and the gardens and Estevan Lodge were designated by the government of Québec in 2013. Les Amis des Jardins de Métis is a partner in the development of the region, leading a number of community initiatives.

The organization is active in promoting tourism, economic development and employment creation in the region and is one of the leaders in the tourism economy in Eastern Québec. Les Amis des Jardins de Métis actively solicits contributions from public partners and private donors to support its special projects and annual programs.

Les Amis des Jardins de Métis acquired Les Jardins de Métis following a privatization process initiated by the Government of Québec. The government had operated the gardens since acquiring them from Brigadier Bruce Reford in September 1961. Following the announcement of the proposed closure of the gardens in June 1994, Les Ateliers Plein Soleil, under the leadership of its president, Thérèse Beaulieu-Roy, rallied the local community in a common cause to preserve the gardens. Joining forces with several members of the Reford family, their bid for the gardens enjoyed broad support within the community. The government was similarly convinced that their bid provided the greatest assurance for the preservation and development of the gardens. Les Amis des Jardins de Métis was incorporated in February 1995. The act of sale between the Government of Québec and Les Amis des Jardins de Métis was signed on July 4, 1995.

Since 1962, more than 5 million visitors have enjoyed the beauty of the historic gardens and contemporary installations exhibited at the International Garden Festival. With its botanical collections, heritage buildings, the International Garden Festival and its exceptional site on the shore of the St. Lawrence and the Mitis River, Les Jardins de Métis is one of Canada’s leading cultural destinations. They are considered one of the “great gardens” of North America and were voted the “wonder” of the Lower St. Lawrence region in 2012. In 2014, the gardens were named “Garden of the Year” by Canada’s Garden Council and were again granted the coveted “Five Blooms” following an evaluation by Communities in Bloom this summer.

Les Amis des Jardins de Métis has a board of six members. The board includes members of the Reford family, representatives of Les Ateliers Plein Soleil of Mont-Joli, and members from the community.

Les Amis des Jardins de Métis is incorporated in the province of Québec. Its head office is in Grand-Metis, Québec.

Contact us 


Les Amis des Jardins de Métis
200, route 132,
Grand-Métis, Québec Canada

G0J 1Z0
Phone: 418 775-2222
Fax: 418 775-6201
Email: info@refordgardens.com


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