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International Garden Festival enlivens the Musée de la civilisation’s roof

The International Garden Festival’s annual rendez-vous of contemporary gardens gives visitors a chance to discover inspiring spaces that bring visual arts, architecture, design, landscape and the environment together.

Since 2000, the event is recognized as one of the leading garden festivals with over 180 contemporary and ephemeral gardens created by designers from 15 countries.

Building on the success of last year, the International Garden Festival, in collaboration with the Musée de la civilisation of Québec City, renewed the installation Roof Line Garden by Julia Jamrozik and Coryn Kempster on the Museum’s roof terrace.

As a reinterpretation of Line Garden, installed every year since 2014 on the site of the Reford Gardens, in Grand-Métis, the Roof Line Garden II of the Musée de la civilisation offers the public a new outdoor space of enchantment.

This year, designers Jamrozik, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Buffalo, and Kempster, an Adjunct Assistant Professor, were inspired by the colour contrasts of poisonous frogs hiding in the foliage of a plant and the theme of natural science.

The installation’s colours are linked to Venenum: A Poisonous World and Curiosities of the Natural World, the two main exhibitions of the Musée de la civilisation.

In Grand-Métis, the project takes the name of Swing Line Garden for the 20th International Garden Festival. Here it is presented in the same colours showcased in Québec City, and visitors are invited to sway under the canopy on an array of swings.

Roof Line Garden II and Swing Line Garden’s use of barricade tape invites visitors to settle under the playful and vibrant canopy, which changes according to the intensity of the light and the varying rustling of the ribbons.

Les Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens are a national historic site located on the shores of the St. Lawrence and Mitis rivers in Québec,  by avid gardener and plant collector, Elsie Reford.

Working together since 2003, Jamrozik and Kempster strive to create objects, spaces and situations that transform everyday life in a playful and stimulating way.


Les Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens and the International Garden Festival are open every day up to Sunday. Visit www.refordgardens.com for further information.

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