The International Garden Festival is pleased to announce the names of the designers selected by the jury for the 13th edition of the Festival. Five projects were selected to be featured at the 2012 edition that will exhibit a record 25 conceptual gardens. The 13th edition of the Festival will open on Saturday, June 23, 2012. The competition attracted 158 proposals for contemporary gardens submitted by over 350 architects, landscape architects, designers and artists from 23 countries. All of the submissions can be viewed at

The jury members were: Pierre Bélanger, Associate Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University and designer for the 2004 edition of the Festival, François Leblanc, technical coordinator of the International Garden Festival, Paula Meijerink, director of the École d'architecture de paysage, Université de Montréal, and designer for the 2003 and 2004 editions of the Festival, Franck Michel, director of the Musée régional de Rimouski, and Alexander Reford, director of Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens and the International Garden Festival.

The new gardens selected for the 2012 edition are:

La collection du jardinier - Chloé B. Fortin and Audrey Lavallée, Montréal, Canada. This garden is an invitation to examine the vegetal traces left along highways, homes and pastures in and around Grand-Métis. Assembled in a three dimensional herbarium, the specimen will be displayed to reveal their beauty and delicacy.

Histoire sans fin ou Le bois dans tous ses états - L’atelier eem [Marc Blume, Francesca Liggieri, Estelle Nicod and Héloïse Blanzat], Paris, France. This garden evokes the natural cycle of regeneration of living organisms in a series of five cords of wood where various plants take root.

Buoyant - Laura B. Garófalo, Buffalo, USA. Hydrogen filled balloons support a Hydroponic Cloud trellis. The trellis ebbs and flows with the wind, fluctuations in temperature and the slow leakage of the balloons. Vines emanate from bundles at the base highlighting the dependence of nature on the stewardship of the community that nurtures it.

15 KNOTS - ATLAS [Kimberly Garza, Andrew tenBrink] et Forbes Lipschitz, Cambridge, USA. A field planted with grasses offers a simply planar elegance that moves with the wind. Wind Walls blow winds of 15 knots and create directional patterns. As visitors circulate around the perimeter, the wind stream becomes momentarily interrupted by their presence and shape the grass field.

Garden=Folly - Ekachai Pattamasattayasonthi and dL Studio [Tom Lee, Soren deNiord], Washington, Falmouth and Portland, Maine, USA. Garden=Folly is a field where garden and structure unite. Made of white PVC pipes and fittings, the folly structure appears abstract, light, and transparent. The use of modular and common materials is highly flexible and creates an ever-changing garden for years to come.

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