Call for Proposals: 2021 International Garden Festival

The International Garden Festival is preparing its 22nd edition with a call for proposals to select designers who will create the new temporary gardens, which will be presented from June 26, 2021.

Augmented Grounds by Soomeen Hahm, Jaeheon Jung & Yumi Lee (2020) – South Korea
Photo credit: Jean-Christophe lemay

The theme for the 2021 Festival, Magic Lies Outside, asks designers to acknowledge COVID-19 with an imaginative response. The challenge is to offer visitors a temporary installation that will create a visceral connection to the outdoors — doing so within the confines of regulations and sanitary concerns is a given.

This means that the projects will offer experiences that can be enjoyed in small numbers or assembly points that are generously proportioned to allow the appropriate distance.

Designers will be asked to imagine their garden for exhibition for at least two summers and to propose strategies for the repurposing or recycling of the garden or its materials after the end of its exhibition.

Landscape architects, architects, artists and multidisciplinary teams are eligible to sign up, however, designers who have participated in one of the last three editions of the Festival are not eligible. Applicants are limited to one proposal, either as individuals or as a team.

The jury for the 2021 Festival will choose five projects. The deadline for the submission of entries is December 8, 2020 at 17H00 EST. 

For information on the budget, design fees, build calendar, consult the 2021 Festival Guidelines document at