Les Jardins de Métis
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The International Garden Festival is the leading contemporary garden festival in North America. Presented at Les Jardins de Métis, at the gateway of the Gaspé Peninsula, the Festival is held on a site adjacent to the historic gardens created by Elsie Reford, thereby establishing a bridge between history and modernity, and a dialogue between conservation, tradition and innovation. Each year the Festival exhibits conceptual gardens created by more than seventy architects, landscape architects and designers from various disciplines in a natural environment on the banks of the St. Lawrence River. Since its inception in 2000, more than 140 gardens have been exhibited at Grand-Métis and as extra-mural projects in Canada and around the world.



Afterburn is a garden that uses charred posts, ash-rich planting soil, river stone, coniferous saplings and pioneer herbaceous species to create an encounter with the aftermath of an ficticious boreal forest fire.
Forest fires are an intrinsic step in the life cycle of the forest eco-system, however unless they occur in menacing proximity to urban areas, we rarely have the opportunity to experience these terrains. While seemingly barren, a whole new forest in miniature gains nutrients from the charred remains of its predecessor. Wildflowers, grasses, sedges and saplings provide habitat to small rodents, song-birds and predators.
Through the use of surveyors marking paint and strategically selected sections of the posts that remain unscorched, we aim to reveal the destructive traces and regenerative potential of fire ecology with the material richness of the combusted forest.


Cone Garden



This garden is made of cones; the red colored objects called traffic cones or construction cones have always been in the job site when man-made environment extends its territory. During entire construction process, they are the first in, and the last out - the true frontier of destruction.
We put them in the ground upside-down, and have them contain wildness, which metaphorically they had to destroyed, in their own "pocket".
The half of site consists of these cones - stuck in the ground, they are laid out separately and spaced like regular grid. Some of them are to be a pop-up planter, which whatever perennials around is going to be planted in and elevated for attention. With small speakers inside, some of them are to be a sound pocket. When visitors stroll around, they would hear various sounds of not only natural like birds singing or water running, but also destructive one like hammering drills etc. Rest of them will be for sitting, there are messages or scribbles on the surface of wood top, and finally thermo paint will be cover them up, making texts invisible and visible per temperature - as it responds to human temperature as well, visitors would discover hidden contents while they are using it - sitting, lying, even putting their palm on it.
The rest half of site is a hill; assembled cones all together. As separated cone elements are all gathered as a whole, Visitors could feel and use them more freely and intimately. This hill is the Synthetic experience of cone garden.
Line Garden

Drawing on the formal language of historical garden design, and the contemporary means of mass-produced safety and construction materials, the project is a strong graphic intervention that aims to produce an abstract field.
Defining a geometric zone out of tightly spaced parallel lines of stretched commercial barrier tape, the installation introduces ordered man-made elements into the cultivated natural environment of the Reford Gardens. Through this juxtaposition a dialogue between the two spheres is created, based on the shared theme of protection and necessary safe-guarding, while questioning the definition of what is truly natural.
As one approaches and then walks around and through the installation, the changing viewpoint will allow for the shifting of the tape lines in space and thus varied views of the overall composition. Further the movement of the lines with the changing of the climate, the wind and sun will ensure a dynamic optical and auditory engagement for the audience. As visitors enter and inhabit the space by occupying the provided loungers, the fluctuating appearance of the installation is further enhanced.

Orange Secret


Orange Secret plays with the perception and the way we respond around enclosed areas.
It explores the orange dimension of the garden by isolating this visual characteristic from numerous stimuli that complete the perception through our senses. The secret aspect of the garden urges on visitor’s curiosity to unveil the promising views of orange from different perspectives.
Light and point of view will collaborate with the different shades of oranges to unseal infinite experiences tighten up to the exoticism still associated with the color in the collective subconscious.
Look through the keyhole and allow the orange to seduce you!


The garden is conceived as a device capturing the beauty of nature whose intention is to transform the landscape into the garden itself by capturing what is outside its boundaries.
With the intention of defining a central point in the landscape, the garden has an irregular circular form where nature revolves all around, an ancestral shape suggesting unity and completeness.
The architectural object is conceived as a frame, a homogenous black painted steel object, assembled in a direct way, minimizing the expression of assembly joints.
Water is used as a raw material, offering reflection both physically and metaphorically, bringing the sky to earth.
The garden is to be filed with water at the beginning of its life and to be left to evolve over time, becoming a climate register device. It will be sensible to changing light conditions, fluctuations in temperature and humidity, rainfall and evaporation.
The garden will over time accumulate vleaes, dust and pollen, be inhabited by birds and insects, leading to the cultivation and growth of new life within the garden.



Flowerpots disassemble the traditional relation between gardening and land. The option of growing plants in containers turns the garden from being exclusively in the domain of rich landowners to being accessible to the common person, while allowing the garden to be indoors and mobile. sPOTs plays with this conceptual change and relocates the flowerpots back in the outdoor garden, while using them as the constructive element in its design. The flowerpots are set one on top of the other in varying heights. Their position in several combinations defines a series of modules from which the garden is built - pavement, seat, lighting, plant pot and column.
sPOTs is planned as a quiet inner space with columns of flowerpots in its outskirt that isolate it from the outside.
Different kinds of herbs are to be planted in the garden for visitors to use in order to make a cup of tea, while enjoying the inner space of the garden.
As the garden is a temporary installation, at the end of the festival, each visitor can take a flowerpot and be part of the disassembling of the garden.


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