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.
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
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)
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)
Place: villa Estevan lodge
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
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 or s ... (View the event)
Place: Pavillion d'accueil / Visitor Centre
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 walls" as part o ... (View the event)
Date: 2022-07-25 - 2022-07-26 - 2022-07-27 - 2022-07-28
Place: Jardins historiques et Véranda de Pierre Thibault - Historic Gardens and Pierre Thibault's Véranda
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)
Place: Grand hall
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: 2022-08-18 - 2022-08-19 - 2022-08-20
Place: Festival international de jardins - International Garden Festival
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Le 50ème anniversaire de la journée de la terre, c’est du sérieux. Ça prenait quelqu’un à la hauteur de la situation.
José Luis est de la vieille école. Un old school bien assumé qui danse sur du David Bowie.
Tôt le matin, alors que le fleuve St-Laurent s’agite à la fenêtre, je rejoins Isabelle sur zoom – confinement oblige.
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