by Alexander Reford
February 3, 2013

The International Garden Festival is pleased to announce the names of the designers selected by the jury for the 14th edition of the Festival. Six new projects were selected to be featured at the 2013 edition that will exhibit more than twenty conceptual gardens. The 14th edition of the Festival will open on Saturday, June 22, 2013. The competition attracted a record 290 proposals for contemporary gardens submitted by over 725 architects, landscape architects, designers and artists from 31 countries. All of the submissions will be displayed on the Festival web site in January at

The new gardens selected for the 2013 edition are by designers from Canada, Brazil, France, the Netherlands and the United States:

Sacré potager by atelier barda [Patrick Morand, Antonio Di Bacco, Cécile Combelle and Julien Pinard], Montréal, Canada and Paris, France.

An installation that presents the profane and the sacred in discreet wooden altars that evoke the wayside crosses once found on Québec’s country roads. Each one will bring the visitor to explore our culinary and horticultural heritage. An invitation to return to heritage seeds and plants, in our gardens and on our shelves and plates.

Courtesy of Nature by Johan Selbing and Anouk Vogel, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

In this reference to the white walls and silent spaces of contemporary museums, Courtesy of Nature exhibits and encourages visitors to explore their relationship to nature. Should it be worshipped? protected? How should it be developed or exploited? A way of illustrating this age-old debate in a new light, to better understand the nature around us.

Dead Garden II by Carlos M. Teixeira, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Dead Garden II is a garden made of tree trunks and branches found nearby. It takes advantage of an inexorable phenomenon: every life is a foretold failure, every plant will perish, and organic matter one day will be of use to somebody else. Trees die and new trees are born. Growth and becoming are tools of the landscape architect, but rarely the cycle of life and death is the substance of garden design. The garden also plays with the corridor, a useless and avoided space in architectural plans that here becomes a series of parallel aisles activated by means of an inanimate natural element.

Edge Effect by Snohetta [Claire Fellman, Nick Koster, Karli Molter, Misako Murata and Maura Rockcastle], New York, USA.

The threshold between forest and field offers contrasting environments. The forest floor and the un-mown field are the threshold between the horizontal and the vertical and offer an opportunity to observe where the edge becomes the centre.

Pink Punch by Nicholas Croft and Michaela MacLeod, New York, USA.

Pink Punch attracts visitors off the beaten path by its color, lured through the garden rooms and into the forest. A small cluster of trees are wrapped at their bases to become a pinkscape of communal seating.

Smart Small by Ecoid [Yongkyu Kim and Jonghyun Baek], Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA.

These small intelligent units are where mosses and herbs are grown. Visitors can take part in the creative process of planting and placing these experimental units. Two projects received special mentions from the jury:

Champ Libre by Tagteam Studio [Elisabeth and Jessica Charbonneau] and Amandine Guillard, Montréal, Canada;

Secured by Design by Planit IE [Ed Lister, Louisa Paybody, Duncan Paybody, Vladimir Guculak and Pete Robinson], London, England.

The jury members were:

Philippe Baylaucq, filmmaker and director of the 2009 film Il était deux fois un jardin; André Delisle, director of the Musée du Château Ramezay Museum and collaborator in the presentation of the Métis-sur-Montréal project on the Place de la Dauversière since 2008; Suresh Perera, architect and designer of Forest.Square.Sky for the 2009 and 2010 editions of the Festival; Sophie Gironnay, director of the Maison de l’architecture du Québec in Montréal; Alexander Reford, director of Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens and the International Garden Festival.

The International Garden Festival is the leading contemporary garden festival in North America. Presented since 2000, the Festival has exhibited more than 130 gardens on the festival site as well as extra-mural gardens in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, France, Italy and the United Kingdom.

The International Garden Festival is presented with the financial assistance of many public and private partners: Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Tourisme Québec, Canada Summer Jobs, Emploi-Québec, Canada Blooms and Landscape Ontario. Hydro-Québec has been a major partner of Les Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens since 1999 and is the lead sponsor of the 14th edition of the International Garden Festival.

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