10th International Garden Festival in Métis


More than 125 proposals were received from artists, architects, designers and landscape architects from 17 countries: Australia, Austria, Canada, China, France, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Poland, United States, United Kingdom, Spain and Switzerland.

The six teams of landscape architects, architects, designers and artists chosen by the jury to create gardens in 2009 are:

Jane Hutton & Adrian Blackwell (Toronto, Canada)

Deborah Nagan (London, United Kingdom)

Suresh Perera (Montreal, Canada)

spmb [Eduardo Aquino et Karen Shanski], Ralf Glor, Matt Baker (Winnipeg) & Martin Gagnon (Montreal), Canada

Mateo Pinto, Carolina Cisneros & Victoria Marshall (New York, United States)

Craig Verzone, Christina Woods & Dragos Ivanet (Rougemont, Switzerland)

View winning gardens...


The theme for the 2009 Festival is : FESTIVE GARDENS, in order to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Festival and contribute to the creation of contemporary gardens.

Category Other Competition / Competition Result
Type International, Project, Open, Single-Stage, Onymous
Genre Landscape
Country Canada
RegDeadline 21 November 2008 GoogleCal iCal
21 November 2008 (via Online)
Eligibility All professional designers (or teams of designers) that work in the fields of the landscape architecture, architecture, visual arts, and design

The International Garden Festival is organized around the theme of “festivities”. The garden is thus a joyous place, a venue for exchange, enrichment and emotions, as well as a paradise where the human spirit in all its forms is enriched. It may also be the venue for the exploration of the idea of nature, biodiversity, beauty, technology, artificial materials and the environment.
Festival gardens may be exhibited for a two or three-year period and designers will be asked to propose gardens that can evolve over two years, either by plantings, structural changes or events for the second year. Not all gardens are presented for more than one year.

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 (including A 250-word text)

English or French

Public announcement of the designers chosen: December 8, 2008
Deadline for reception of documents showing the preliminary design for the garden: February 1, 2009
Deadline to submit plans and estimates for the construction of the garden, incorporating comments by the technical committee of the Festival: February 27, 2009
Final approval of the plans and estimates by Festival’s artistic and technical committee: March 14, 2009
Purchase of materials and preparation of plants by the Festival in collaboration with the designers: March 16 to May 1, 2009
Construction begins by the Festival team: May 4, 2009
Designers are on site to supervise the completion of the gardens, participate in the opening events, meet the public and the media: June 20-26, 2009
Inauguration of the Festival: June 26, 2009
The Festival opens to the public: June 27, 2009
Designers meet with the public: June 28, 2009
Program of summer activities (to be determined). The program may include the participation of designers in various public activities (presentations, lectures, etc) : June to August 31, 2009
The Festival closes: October 4, 2009

Past winners

La Fondation des Jardins de Métis,

Official Website