13th International Garden Festival in Métis

The International Garden Festival is launching a call for proposals to select designers to create temporary gardens for the Festival on the site of Les Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens.

Category Other Competition
Type International, Project, Open, Single-Stage, Onymous
Genre Landscape
Country Canada
RegDeadline 11 November 2011 GoogleCal iCal
11 November 2011 (via Online)
Eligibility Multidisciplinary teams composed at least one landscape architect accompanied by an architect, designer, artist, engineer, scientist, botanist, etc.

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, more than 900,000 visitors have explored 110 gardens created by over 220 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 rendez-vous for admirers of contemporary gardens and design as well as offering a unique space for those involved in the renewal of this art form. This artistic and tourism event also gives visitors a chance to discover inspiring spaces bringing together the visual arts, architecture, design, landscape and the environment.
The Festival encourages participating designers to explore all facets of the garden, from the physical setting (site and context) to creating a range of sensory, emotional and intellectual experiences for the visitor. The Festival sees the garden as a space for creative interaction, while not negating its botanical and horticultural dimensions. The Festival imagines the garden as a multi-sensorial space and encourages designers to consider the visitor’s experience in the design of the garden, provoking interaction, participation, exchange and reflection.

Not yet announced

The budget for the creation and construction of each garden is $25,000 (CAN).
Up to $2,000 is available for travel expenses and meals to allow designers to travel to the Festival.

Entry Fee

2 schema 11″ x 17″ or A3 and 1 JPG image presenting the project

Announcement of the chosen projects: December 5, 2011
Deadline to submit documents showing preliminary design for the garden: February 1, 2012
Deadline to submit plans and estimates for the construction of the garden, incorporating comments by the technical committee of the Festival: March 1, 2012
Final approval of plan and budget by Festival’s artistic and technical committee: March 15, 2012
Purchase of materials and preparation of plants by the Festival in collaboration with the designers
: March 15 to May 2, 2012
Construction begins by the Festival team: May 7, 2012
Designers are on site to supervise the completion of their garden, participate in the opening events and meet the media: June 16-23, 2012
Inauguration of the 13th edition of the International Garden Festival: June 22, 2012
The Festival opens to the public: June 23, 2012
Designers meet with the public: June 23, 2012
The Festival closes: October 7, 2012

Past winners

La Fondation des Jardins de Métis

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