Reford Gardens unveils 19th International Garden Festival

For its 19thedition, the International Garden Festival is having some fun. Fun for the designers – but mostly fun for visitors. The Festival continues its exploration of play with Playsages II – Go Outside and Play! Landscape architects, architects, artists and designers from across Canada and around the world responded to our call for proposals to imagine creative spaces.

Seven new projects offer imaginative spaces where families can congregate and play together all summer. Jump into a canoe to traverse a pond. Choose your own column for a photo op. Leap skyward above the walls of a corn maze. Ascend the vertical cliffs of a metallic Percé Rock. Take a spin on a forested carrousel. Caress the samara of the iconic maple. You can even make your own garden by assembling a lean-to of colourful sticks. Go outside and play – and have some fun!y responding to our growing distance and alienation from the natural world with a defiant invitation to re-think outdoor spaces. Go Outside and Play! is a call to action

We spend less time outdoors and when outside we often observe the natural world with an electronic device in our hands. We mask the sounds of the surrounding environment with ear buds. We distance ourselves from experiencing nature by cocooning ourselves in our isolation. How can we make change happen? These new installations will join the six playsages created for 2017 edition of the Festival to offer a vast playground of designed spaces.

The new gardens selected by the jury for the 2018 edition that are on display are:

aMAIZEing by Marta Milà Pascual, architect & landscape architect and Marc Torrellas Arnedo, architect – Barcelona, Spain

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L’origine de la colonne by Josep Congost and Louis Sicard, architects and artists – Valencia, SpainInternational Garden FestivalInternational Garden Festival

La ligne de 100 ans by Hatem+D [Étienne Bernier, architect, Marianne Charbonneau, architect, Mélanie Dereymez, intern in architecture, Théo Jarrand, intern in architecture and Steeven Bérubé, 3D artist] – Québec (Québec) CanadaInternational Garden FestivalInternational Garden Festival

Le rocher très percé by Humà Design [Stéphanie Cardinal, designer, Olivier Laplante-Goulet multidisciplinary designer and Lorelei L’Affeter, artiste] and Vincent Lemay, landscape architect – Montréal (Québec) CanadaInternational Garden FestivalInternational Garden Festival

Les hélicoptères by Carson Isenor, landscape designer and Anna Thomas, MLA candidate – Vancouver (British Columbia) CanadaInternational Garden FestivalInternational Garden Festival

Carousel by ISO [Nuala O’Donnell, intern architect, Maxwell Schnutgen, intern architect and Etienne Issa, architectural designer] – Vancouver (British Columbia) Canada

Assemble by Katie Strang, landscape designer, Christine Dewancker, artist and carpenter and Craig Van Ravens, architectural designer – Toronto (Ontario) CanadaInternational Garden Festival

The 2018 Festival is also presenting extra-mural installations in Montreal, Quebec City and in public venues near to the gardens:

Roof Line Garden by Julia Jamrozik, Coryn Kempster (Buffalo, United States) on the rooftop of the Musée de la civilisation in Quebec City.

Champs de mémoire by Dominique Blain (Montreal, Quebec), Canada on the place De La Dauversière in Old Montréal, in collaboration with the Château Ramezay – Museum and historic site of Montreal

Souvent me souviens by Deborah Nagan, London, United Kingdom, in Ste-Flavie

Bascule by Cédule 40, Saguenay (Quebec), Canada, in Mont-Joli

More information about the International Garden Festival is available via the official website, linked here.