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Competition: International Gardens Festival, Quebec

International Gardens Festival site, Quebec

Quebec’s International Gardens Festival has launched an open international call for a series of CAN $25,000 installations

Open to individuals and multidisciplinary teams of landscape architects, architects, artists and designers, the competition seeks proposals for a series of landmark gardens for the 20th-anniversary instalment of the prestigious show which is hosted every year at Reford Gardens in the Gaspésie region of Québec.

The winning teams will receive a $5,000 fee, $2,000 worth of travel expenses and free accommodation close to the historic waterfront site to deliver their schemes in time for the opening of the festival in late June next year. A separate category will also be launched for emerging designers in their twenties.

According to the brief: ‘For its 20th-anniversary edition, the festival is seeking to explore new directions and continue our exploration of play. “Terrains de jeu” is fertile ground for creativity, encompassing both the notion of compact space and play. The Festival is encouraging designers to imagine spaces that work within the confines of modest parcels all the while offering a big punch.

‘Confronting the planetary challenges of needing to limit growth, developing sustainably and minimizing our ecological impact, the 2019 Festival is a venue where designers will explore the principals of voluntary simplicity all the while offering a footprint for fun. The interactive spaces chosen through this competition will excite, enthral or envelop visitors. They will be child-friendly without being childish, adventurous without being unsafe. Explore, experiment and celebrate – this is the effect we want the 2019 Festival to have on every one of our 60,000 visitors.’

International Gardens Festival site, Quebec

International Gardens Festival site, Quebec

International Gardens Festival site, Quebec

Launched in 2000, the International Gardens Festival is an annual event held in Reford Gardens overlooking the St Lawrence River in eastern Québec. Now approaching its 20th instalment, the show has welcomed more than one million visitors and hosted more than 180 contemporary gardens by teams from around the world.

The waterfront Reford Gardens was created by pioneering gardener Elsie Reford from 1926 to 1958 and are now recognised as a national historic site for Quebec. The site is arranged in two perpendicular axes and features a variety of exhibition plots ranging from 150m² to 250m² in size.

The competition seeks innovative proposals for a series of CAN $25,000 installations which explore the themes of ‘play’ and ‘sustainability’. Applications must an A3-sized project board featuring text and conceptual images along with a separate document detailing the team.

The winning schemes, to be announced in January, will be constructed on site in May and must be ready for the festival opening on 22 June. A total of $10,000 worth of material costs and $10,000 of labour will be made available for each project.

The deadline for applications is 5pm local time (EST) on 20 December.

How to apply

Visit the competition website for more information

Contact details

Alexander Reford
Director
International Garden Festival
Reford Gardens
200 route 132
Grand-Métis
Québec
CANADA
G0J 1Z0

Email: festival@jardinsdemetis.com