Some of the most innovative gardens you can imagine are coming to Canada this year. The jury of the 17th International Garden Festival chose five amazing designs to be presented at Les Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens in Québec, Canada, from June 23 to October 2, 2016. The five projects address the connection between humans and natural phenomena in a diverse way-from a green grove inspired by a children's fable, to a sculpted tree trunk that illustrates the primary material used to build furniture.
The five new gardens were selected from 203 projects submitted from 31 countries. Visitors will be presented with the opportunity to explore a total of twenty-seven contemporary gardens and interactive spaces created by more than eighty-five landscape architects and designers.
“Le caveau” by Swiss architect Christian Poules, hides a growing land in a cavernous four-sided room made of stacked stone gabions. This interior space features an interplay of light, shadow and reflection. The plane, covered in vegetation, floats in the middle of the room in front of visitors, symbolizing a beginning.
“Carbone” by Coache Lacaille Paysagistes illustrates how the furniture industry and farming leave their mark on nature. The installation references the cycle of production as a parallel to the carbon cycle, where the gardener has a restorative power. The sculpted tree trunk is partially cut into pieces to show how the raw material is used to build furniture, with a young tree growing where the previous one was cut down.
“Cyclops” by architect Craig Chapple frames the landscape with 258 8-meter long timber and 1 x 6 boards placed in a concentric ring and held together by two steel rings suspended from the surrounding trees. The object stands in balance with the surroundings and provides space at its center from where visitors can experience the latent physical forces of the trees.
“La maison de Jacques’ by Romy Brosseau, Rosemarie Faille-Faubert and Émilie Gagné-Loranger reinterprets the children’s fable “Jack and the Beanstalk” in a novel way. The project is in fact a green grove divided into a series of small hidden gardens with rows of beans winding their way up a light wooden structure. The installation can be used as an ideal hiding place for the game of hide-and-seek.
“TiiLT” by Canadian team SRCW is part sculpture and part landscape. Small shaded spaces can be inhabited, bringing back memories of short seasons, alone times and giving a sense of shared disconnection through unity. The project is an interactive environment made up of modest elements.