The International Garden Festival is recognized as one of the most important events of its kind in North America and one of the leading annual garden festivals in the world. Since 2000, over 1 million visitors have discovered the more than 250 contemporary gardens created by designers from 15 countries. The Festival is a unique forum for innovation and experimentation and ...an exceptional showcase and launching pad for participating designers from a host of disciplines. It provides an annual rendezvous for admirers of contemporary gardens and design as well as offering a unique space for those involved in the renewal of this art form. 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.
With the advent of the digital age, globalization and the rapid speed of technological advancement that are changing our relationship with time, the physical world and each other, Roots rejects the unrooted vision implanted by the industrial revolution to embrace an approach that seeks to be nourished from a common heritage.
The theme invites a return to what is essential by integrating the use of native plants, local materials – whether reused or with limited environmental impact –, as well as traditional methods of construction combined with a contemporary vision that embraces both regional communities and ecosystems. It advocates for the valorization, transmission and reactualization of traditional knowledge and savoir-faire. Roots intends to challenge the status quo and create innovative human scale environments. It seeks to transcend generations and disciplines.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR | ÈVE DE GARIE-LAMANQUE