11th International Garden Festival in Métis


A total of 276 proposals for conceptual gardens was submitted by over 600 architects, landscape architects, designers and artists from 34 countries, a record number of participants since the inception of the Festival in 2000.

The three teams chosen by the jury to create gardens in 2010 are:

Studio Bryan Hanes (Bryan Hanes, Jose Menendez, Yadiel Rivera Diaz, Brenna Herpmann) landscape architects, and DIGSAU (Jules Dingle, Jeff Goldstein, Mark Sanderson, Jamie Unkefer, Aaron Jezzi) architects, all based in Philadelphia, USA, and their project “Veil Garden”

Habitation (David Vago, Simone Marsh and Nick Brown) landscape architects from Sydney, Australia, and their project “The grass is greener”

Rosetta Sarah Elkin, a Canadian landscape architect based in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and her project “Tiny Taxonomy”

Special mention was given to 2 teams for the quality of their project:

Leena Cho, landscape architect, and Matthew Jull, architect, from Rotterdam, Netherlands, and their project “Dirt Roll”

Marc Pape, Sinisha Brdar, Nicolas Marier, Thierry Beaudoin, architects from Montreal, Dominique Leduc actress from Montreal and Paula Meijerink, landscape architect from Cambridge, USA, and their project “Undermining Paradise / L'envers du Paradis”

You can view the projet submit for the 2010 competition on the Web Site of the Canadian Competitions Catalogue.


The International Garden Festival is launching a call for proposals to select designers to create temporary gardens for the Festival for its 11th edition on the site of Les Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens. Theme for the 2010 edition: “Paradise”

Category Other Competition / Competition Result
Type International, Project, Open, Single-Stage, Onymous
Genre Landscape
Country Canada
RegDeadline 6 November 2009 GoogleCal iCal
6 November 2009 (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 recognized as one of the most important events of its kind in North America and one of the two leading annual garden festivals in the world. Since 2000, 850,000 visitors have explored more than 100 gardens created by over 200 designers from 10 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.
Located in Grand-Métis, in the Gaspésie region of Québec, Canada, the Festival is held on a 10 hectare site adjacent to the historic gardens, Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens, created by Elsie Reford from 1926 to 1958. The Festival site is delimited on the north by the St. Lawrence River, on the west by a mature forest of deciduous trees (trembling aspen) and on the east by a field that opens onto the boreal forest.

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 150-word text and a layout plan etc.) and a schema 11″ x 17″ or A3 presenting up to 3 recent projects

Public announcement of the chosen projects: December 1, 2009
Deadline for reception of documents showing the preliminary design for the garden: February 1, 2010
Deadline to submit plans and estimates for the construction of the garden, incorporating comments by the technical committee of the Festival: February 26, 2010
Final approval of the plans and estimates by Festival’s artistic and technical committee: March 12, 2009
Purchase of materials and preparation of plants by the Festival in collaboration with the designers: March 16 to May 1, 2010
Construction begins by the Festival team: May 5, 2010
Designers are on site to supervise the completion of the gardens, participate in the opening events, meet the public and the media: June 18-25, 2010
Inauguration of the Festival: June 25, 2010
The Festival opens to the public: June 26, 2010
Designers meet with the public: June 27, 2010
The Festival closes: October 3, 2010

Past winners

La Fondation des Jardins de Métis

Official Website