12th 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. The theme for the 2011 competition is: “Secret Gardens”.

Category Other Competition
Type International, Project, Open, Single-Stage, Onymous
Genre Landscape
Country Canada
RegDeadline 12 November 2010 GoogleCal iCal
12 November 2010 (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 (including a 150-word text and a layout plan etc.) and a schema 11″ x 17″ or A3 presenting up to 3 recent projects and 1 JPG image presenting the project

Announcement of the chosen projects: December 8, 2010
Deadline for reception of documents showing the preliminary design for the garden: February 1, 2011
Deadline to submit plans and estimates for the construction of the garden, incorporating comments by the technical committee of the Festival: March 1, 2011
Final approval of the plans and estimates by Festival’s artistic and technical committee: March 15, 2010
Purchase of materials and preparation of plants by the Festival in collaboration with the designers: March 15 to May 2, 2011
Construction begins by the Festival team: May 2, 2011
Designers are on site to supervise the completion of the gardens, participate in the opening events, meet the public and the media: June 18-26, 2011
Inauguration of the 12 edition of the International Garden Festival: June 24, 2011
The Festival opens to the public: June 25, 2011
Designers meet with the public: June 26, 2011
The Festival closes: October 2, 2011

Past winners

La Fondation des Jardins de Métis

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