An ever-evolving open-air museum

Nature’s
Delights

Gardens  |  Art, Design & History  |   Local cuisine

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An ever-evolving open-air museum

Nature’s
Delights

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.

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ColumbineAquilegia sp.
Great MasterwortAstrantia major
Milky BellflowerCampanula lactiflora
Great Bellflower Campanula latifolia
Peach leaved BellflowersCampanula persicifolia
DelphiniumDelphimium ‘Blue Jay’
DelphiniumDelphinium ‘Blue Bird’
Alpine PinkDianthus alpinus
CranesbillGeranium sp.
Day LilyHemerocallis sp.
LavenderLavandula angustifolia
DaisyLeucanthemum maximum
LigulariaLigularia japonica
LilyLilium duchartrei
Martagon LilyLilium martagon
Asiatic LilyLilium sp.
LoosestrifeLysimachia punctata
MallowMalva alcea
MallowMalva sylvestis
Blue PoppyMeconopsis betonicifolia
CatmintNepeta sibirica
PeonyPaeonia sp.
CinquefoilPotentilla fruticosa
Red Hot PokerPrimula vialii
Explorator serie RoseRosa sp.
Shrub RosaRosa sp.
Hybrid RoseRosa sp.
London PrideSaxifraga umbrosa
StonecropSedum sp.
Wild ThymeThymus sperpyllum
Common ThymeThymus vulgaris
Common ValerianValeriana officinalis
SpeedwellVeronica spicata

Events

Musical picnic by Jules-Alex Banville

This year, musical brunches turn into musical picnics. Jules-Alex's piano will be your companion this Sunday July 25. An appointment! You can bring your own meal or have a take out mea ... (View the event)

Date: 2021-07-25
Place: Arboretum
Price: 0$

Durée de vie utile by Christine Beaulieu

Brand new performance by comedian Christine Beaulieu in the scenic space of architect Pierre Thibault, La Véranda, specially designed to offer artists a new framework of representation in the heart o ... (View the event)

Date: 2021-07-25 - 2021-07-25
Place: L'espace scénique La Véranda de Pierre Thibault
Price: 0$

The oboe's voices

The symbiotic duo Alteris, composed of Mélissa Tremblay for oboe and English horn as well as Bruce Gaulin for piano, will present a program with a varied and creative background for their conce ... (View the event)

Date: 2021-07-25
Place: Scène durable du bicentenaire McGill
Price: 0$

The Medium, an opera by Gian Carlo Menotti

The opera, presented by the Conservatoire de musique de Rimouski, will take place in a 5 to 7 format on Saturday July 31. To respect social distancing measures, we ask you to book your place by clicki ... (View the event)

Date: 2021-07-31
Place: Scène durable du bicentenaire McGill
Price: 0$

Free Sundays in the Gardens!

The first Sundays of the month are free throughout the season at the Reford Gardens! The Gardens participate in the measure of free admission in museums, of the Ministry of Culture and Communication ... (View the event)

Date: 2021-08-01 - 2021-09-05 - 2021-10-03
Place: Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens
Price: 0$

Cabaret du BREF: reading short stories in contemporary gardens

The Reford Gardens is teaming up with the Bureau de Recherche-Création sur les Espaces Fragmentés (BREF) to present three literary and musical performative shows with Joanie Lemieux, Val ... (View the event)

Date: 2021-08-01
Place: Place Hydro-Québec
Price: 0$

Chiard ! A rural epic

Chiard! A rural epic, it is the epic journey of Jean-Guy who, despite himself, crosses dimensions and especially eras to find something he does not know he has lost. It is the story of a biker with a ... (View the event)

Date: 2021-08-06
Place: L'espace scénique La Véranda de Pierre Thibault
Price: 0$

Carte blanche à... Émile Proulx-Cloutier

Brand new and exclusive performance by actor and singer Émile Proulx-Cloutier in the scenic space of architect Pierre Thibault, La Véranda, specially designed to offer artist ... (View the event)

Date: 2021-08-07
Place: L'espace scénique La Véranda de Pierre Thibault
Price: 0$

Literary tea with Anaïs Barbeau-Labalette

Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette is a Montreal director (Le Ring, Inch'Allah) as well as the author of the novel Je voudrais qu'on m'efface (Hurtubise, 2010) and travel chronicles in Palestine (Embrasser ... (View the event)

Date: 2021-08-07
Place: Arrière du Café Jardin
Price: 25$

Musical picnic by Éric Labbé

This year, musical brunches turn into musical picnics. Professional singing and guitar, this melodious concert by Eric Labbé will harmonize perfectly with your Sunday lunchtime. You c ... (View the event)

Date: 2021-08-08
Place: Arboretum
Price: 0$

Musical picnic of Laurie-Émeraude Cimon

This year, musical brunches turn into musical picnics. This Sunday, August 15, the classic instrument par excellence, the piano, will once again be in the spotlight. You can bring your ... (View the event)

Date: 2021-08-15
Place: Arboretum
Price: 0$

Literary tea of Élise Turcotte

Élise Turcotte is a poet, short story writer and novelist all at the same time. A committed feminist, creator of a multifaceted and constantly renewed work, she is one of the important literary ... (View the event)

Date: 2021-08-15
Place: Arrière du Café Jardin
Price: 25$

Carte blanche à... Danièle Desnoyers and the Carré des Lombes

An unprecedented performance by the dancers of the Carré des Lombes in the scenic space of architect Pierre Thibault, La Véranda, specially designed to offer artists a new framework of r ... (View the event)

Date: 2021-08-19 - 2021-08-19
Place: L'espace scénique La Véranda de Pierre Thibault
Price: 0$

Musical picnic: tribute to Georges Brassens

This year, musical brunches turn into musical picnics. Jasmin Cardinal Brouillette on double bass and Charles Nicolas Viau on guitar present an essential picnic for fans of Georges Bra ... (View the event)

Date: 2021-08-22
Place: Arboretum
Price: 0$

Musical picnic of Rosalie Thériault and Jérémie Pelletier

This year, musical brunches turn into musical picnics. This Sunday, August 29, it's a concert mixing piano and violin in a setting that will be just as magical as the music that emanat ... (View the event)

Date: 2021-08-29
Place: Arboretum
Price: 0$

Literary tea of Vanessa Bell, Laurence Veilleux and Annie Landreville

To close our tea season, we are offering you a foray into the contemporary poetry of women in Quebec. In the spring, the release of the Anthology of Current Poetry of Women in Quebec, co-edited by Cat ... (View the event)

Date: 2021-09-05
Place: Arrière du Café Jardin
Price: 25$

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

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 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.