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June 23 to October 8, 2017
More than a play on words (play + ages or play + paysages), the idea behind the 2017 edition of the Festival is to put play front and centre. Bring play into the landscape. Inspire today’s young that outdoor play is just as interesting as on-screen amusement. The theme is an open invitation to re-think play and take part in the global discussion over nature-deficit disorder.
The International Garden Festival is the leading contemporary garden festival in North America. Since its inception in 2000, more than 150 gardens have been exhibited at Grand-Métis and as extra-mural projects in Canada and around the world. Presented at Les Jardins de Métis, the Festival is held on a site adjacent to the historic gardens created by Elsie Reford, thereby establishing a bridge between history and modernity, and a dialogue between conservation, tradition and innovation. Each year the Festival exhibits conceptual gardens created by more than seventy architects, landscape architects and designers from various disciplines in a pristine environment on the banks of the St. Lawrence River.