An ever-evolving open-air museum

Nature’s
Delights

Gardens  |  Art, Design & History  |   Local cuisine

An ever-evolving open-air museum

Nature’s
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Gardens  |  Art, Design & History  |   Local cuisine

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Few gardens have been built under such adverse atmospheric conditions. Located 300 km North-East of Quebec City, the gardens created by Elsie Reford are amongst the most northern in North America.

Few gardens have been built under such adverse atmospheric conditions. Located 300 km North-East of Quebec City, the gardens created by Elsie Reford are amongst the most northern in North America.

Events

Free Sundays

Every first Sunday of the month is a free Sunday!  Les Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens are participating in the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications' measure of free admission to museum ... (View the event)

Date: 2022-06-05 - 2022-07-03 - 2022-08-07 - 2022-09-04 - 2022-10-02
Place: Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens
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The Veiled Man

By Maude Leduc Préfontaine and Soliel Perreault As part of the project Se corrompre of L'ExiL The literary artists present a retelling of a tale of quest, giant, gardening, life and death, in ... (View the event)

Date: 2022-06-11
Place: Potager
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Return to Walden, in the footsteps of Henry David Thoreau

Conference * Retour à Walden, sur les pas d’Henry David Thoreau (Return to Walden, in the footsteps of Henry David Thoreau)Click here to reserve your seat "I was in my twenties when I first read ... (View the event)

Date: 2022-06-26
Place: Grand hall
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Les saumons de la Mitisipu

Les saumons de la Mitisipu Text: Christine Beaulieu Artistic director: Geneviève Lizotte Sound design: Frédéric Auger With Christine Beaulieu and Alice Pascual   Performance offered free of ... (View the event)

Date: 2022-07-15 - 2022-07-16 - 2022-07-17
Place: La Véranda de Pierre Thibault
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Launching - The Reford Gardens - As Time Goes By...

Louise Tanguay invites you to the launch of her mural exhibition The Reford Gardens - As Time Goes By... and the launch of her eponymous book. No reservation is required. Event taking place rain ... (View the event)

Date: 2022-07-15
Place: Pavillion d'accueil / Visitor's Pavillion
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Faunes - Variations

Danièle Desnoyers and her company Le Carré des Lombes return to the Reford Gardens to present a new event. The Quebec choreographer continues her investigation of dance "outside the wall ... (View the event)

Date: 2022-07-28 - 2022-07-27 - 2022-07-26 - 2022-07-25
Place: Jardins historiques et Véranda de Pierre Thibault - Historical Gardens and Pierre Thibault's Véranda
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«Elsie Reford - héroïne d`Anaïs» - A Reading with Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette

Nos héroïnesClick here to reserve Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette invites young people to discover the portraits of 40 little-known Quebec women, whether they were sportswomen, nuns, scientists or artists ... (View the event)

Date: 2022-07-31
Place: Grand hall
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Dansons aux Jardins! (Let's Dance at the Gardens)

Dansons aux Jardins! is a choreographic journey in contemporary dance, music and sculptures that will be presented in the Reford Garens on Thursday 18 - Friday 19 and Saturday 20 August at 3 pm. Compo ... (View the event)

Date: 2022-08-20 - 2022-08-19 - 2022-08-18
Place: Festival international de jardins - International garden festival
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Musical Picnics

Every Sunday from July 3 to August 21, from 11:30 AM to noon and a quarter and from 1 PM to 1:45 PM, the Conservatoire de musique de Rimouski will hold its musical picnics at the arboretum near the Vi ... (View the event)

Date: 2022-08-21 - 2022-08-14 - 2022-08-07 - 2022-07-31 - 2022-07-24 - 2022-07-17 - 2022-07-10 - 2022-07-03
Place: Arboretum
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Remarkable gardens

Built from 1926 to 1958 by a forward-thinking horticulturist called Elsie Reford, the Reford Gardens are one of Canada’s national historic sites. Some 3000 species and plant varieties, including the famous Himalayan blue poppy, are spread out over 15 gardens.

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A fascinating history

It’s in the summer of 1926 that Elsie Reford (1872-1967) began transforming her fishing camp on the Metis River into a garden. Located hundreds of kilometers away from the nearest nursery, she faced challenges that are difficult to conceive of today. Where experienced specialists had failed, she succeeded in turning her spruce forest into a gigantic garden that would become one of the largest plant collections of its time. Elsie hired and trained people from the region like farmers and fishing guides in order to turn them into master gardeners. Over three decades, they’ve built a magnificent garden together.

Art everywhere

As an innovative cultural space, the Reford Gardens welcome a large number of artists each year and present an array of exhibitions scattered throughout the gardens and beyond its grounds.

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The collection

The Amis des Jardins collection is based on memories and physical traces gathered by the estate owners throughout their lives, as well as on the development of a collection of contemporary works related to the historic and contemporary gardens.

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What’s on

Deeply rooted in its community, the Reford Gardens are one the region’s inescapable cultural poles. Literary tea parties, outdoor concerts, conferences, training, happy hour, culinary events, outdoor hikes and environmental chores… there truly is something for everyone.

Our restaurants

Rooted in its history yet looking to the future, the Garden’s restaurant, bar and café serve as a showcase for creative local cuisine. Chef Frédérick Boucher and his crew work with our gardeners to develop innovative dishes that adapt and evolve alongside the harvest.

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THE NUMBERS

THE GARDENS
SINCE 1962

 550+

outdoor
installations

 3500+

plant varieties
and species

 30+

historic and
contemporary gardens

 5M+

million
visitors

ARTICLES RÉCENTS

Le Carnet de Jean Bédard

Un Carnet par Amélie Desrochers

Le 50ème anniversaire de la journée de la terre, c’est du sérieux. Ça prenait quelqu’un à la hauteur de la situation.

Le Carnet de José Luis

Un Carnet par Amélie Desrochers

José Luis est de la vieille école. Un old school bien assumé qui danse sur du David Bowie.

Le Carnet d’Isabelle

Un Carnet par Amélie Desrochers

Tôt le matin, alors que le fleuve St-Laurent s’agite à la fenêtre, je rejoins Isabelle sur zoom – confinement oblige.