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Nature’s
Delights

Gardens  |  Art, Design & History  |   Local cuisine

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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MonkshoodAconitum sp.
Japanese AnemoneAnemone x japonica
Peach leaved BellflowersCampanula persicifolia
Globe ThistleEchinops
Joe-Pye-WeedEupatorium maculatum
Willow GentianGentiana asclepiadea
GentianGentiana septemfida var. lagodechiana
CranesbillGeranium sp.
Day LilyHemerocallis sp.
Plantain LilyHosta sp.
HydrangeaHydrangea arborescens ’Annabelle’
Peegee HydrangeaHydrangea paniculata ‘Grandiflora’
Tree MallowLavatera cashmeriana
LigulariaLigularia japonica
LilyLilium sp.
MallowMalva alcea
MallowMalva sylvestris
Moor GrassMolinia sp.
Perennial PhloxPhlox paniculata
CinquefoilPotentilla fruticosa
Hybrid RoseRosa sp.
StonecropSedum sp.
SpeedwellVeronica spicata

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: 2022-10-02
Place: Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens
Price: 0$

Rendez-vous des Grandes Gueules with Thierno Diallo

Thierno DIALLO was born in Senegal.  He tells tales from Africa and elsewhere for young and old alike, in festivals, libraries, theaters, social centers, schools, etc. Winner of the Grand Prix ... (View the event)

Date: 2022-10-02
Place: Arboretum
Price: 0$

ELSIE 150 CELEBRATIONS | Marthe Laverdière

Marthe Laverdière in conference at the Reford Gardens / Jardins de Métis as part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of Elsie Reford, in the Great Hall. $22/ticket, valid for members a ... (View the event)

Date: 2022-10-10
Place: L'aire Desjardins du Grand hall
Price: 22$

ELSIE 150 CELEBRATIONS | Histoire et poésies pour mettre le feu - Stéphanie Pelletier and Robin Servant

22/ticket. Click here to buy your ticket (with extra service fees) or pay it at the door, by card only. The Carrefour de la littérature, des arts et de la culture (CLAC) is partnerin ... (View the event)

Date: 2022-10-28
Place: L'aire Desjardins du Grand hall
Price: 22$

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

LE CARNET DES JARDINS – THE GARDEN’S NOTEBOOK – RECENT ARTICLES

Judith Webster and Elsie’s Garden Diaries

A Notebook by Daphne Moss

During the construction of Les Jardins de Métis, Elsie Reford kept a detailed record of everything that happened in her garden through 30 gardening notebooks. In order to make them more readable and accessible, Judith Webster, a passionate volunteer, has been hard at work transcribing them.

Louise Tanguay – Our Earth Day Heroine

A Notebook by Alexander Reford

For Earth Day this year we are celebrating Louise Tanguay – photographer, environmentalist and ecologist.

Notebook – Elsie and Music

A Notebook by Alexander Reford

The year 2022 is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Elsie Reford. Les Amis des Jardins de Métis is celebrating this anniversary with a series of exhibitions, publications, concerts, lectures and special events. Among the special events is the restoration of her 17th century violin – to bring Elsie Reford’s instrument back to life so that it can be played for the first time in a century