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Returning to Métis/Reford
Jardins de Métis


Exactly four years ago today, in one of our very early posts, we noted the start of the latest edition of the International Garden Festival at Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens. We would like to tip our readers again the start over the weekend of this year's festival, which will last until 4 October. Below are some photographs of the gardens to temp you to make a trek to Quebec.

While the gardens look rather inventive, something you'd expect when the designers are given absolute creative freedom, however, you can be sure that there will always be some sort Picturesque-esque visualary:

Jardins de Métis


And hyper-modern geomet-o-rama:

Jardins de Métis


And everyday objects given post-modern cooptery for high designery:

Jardins de Métis


And algorithmic computerary:

Jardins de Métis


And volup-terra-ry (see this one with bouncing, infectiously joyful kids):

Jardins de Métis


And green-goism (though this one isn't overtly treebuggery):

Jardins de Métis


And pushing-it-with-the-project-statement:

Jardins de Métis


And rhythmametry:

Jardins de Métis


It's interesting to note briefly that not one of the gardens are peddling in what Piet Oudolf, the avant-gardener of the High Line, would call “the soft pornography of the flower.” The installations are less about botany and almost singularly about sculpting spaces and programming them with melodrama.

Go see (and play).
3 COMMENTS —
  • Belle Epoque
  • June 29, 2009 at 12:40:00 PM CDT
  • That looks visually very creative...I'm tempted to go see it in person...


  • The Fern and Mossery
  • June 29, 2009 at 2:42:00 PM CDT
  • Wow those are so neat. I love the arrangements with mirrors! How clever.


  • understarch
  • October 1, 2009 at 12:34:00 PM CDT
  • Those with the mirrors and the modern one are very interesting. The other ones seems less develop. I mean it doesn't speak much to put blue sticks in the ground in a garden?

    Maybe there is something I don't get!


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