Compiled by Team IAnD
The annual International Garden Festival held in Quebec aims at intriguing and exciting visitors with the unknown and the unfamiliar…
Each year, the International Garden Festival exhibits conceptual gardens created by more than 70 architects, landscape architects and designers from various disciplines in a pristine environment on the banks of the St. Lawrence River in Quebec, Canada. Held adjacent to the historic Reford Gardens, the festival establishes a bridge between history and modernity, and a dialogue between conservation, tradition and innovation.
Its 16th edition, which opened on June 27 has 6 new gardens chosen from among the 309 proposals submitted by over 50 designers from around the world. Visitors are invited to move, touch and smell the gardens and even get their feet wet.
The highlight of the festival this year is that many of the ephemeral gardens are interactive: Trees that move through the landscape, blue flowers that are woven into a pathway or green roundels that shimmer like poplars in the wind. Children, large and small, can don coloured gumboots to traverse a pond and discover what is hidden in its midst.
IAnD brings you a glimpse:
byTalmonBiran architecture studio [Roy Talmon&NoaBiran], Tel Aviv, Israel
Unlike the Japanese Zen garden, which is designed to be seen from the outside, this garden will be viewed, created and experienced from the inside, through a joyful and playful activity. As visitors walk away from the roundabouts, their footsteps violate the orderly pattern of the gravel. Once they get back on the roundabouts and spin them, the garden returns to its ordered perfection.
|Carre bleu sur fond blanc|
Carré bleu sur fond blanc
by Kihan Kim &Ophélie Bouvet, Paris, France
A white surface is installed over the garden, which acts as a revealing filter activated by blooming. The vibrating surface of the cordage creates confusion between the immersed or submerged parts of the plants. This creative growing moment goes along with the buzzing bees attracted by the honey plants. The resulting tapestry woven by the flowers then gradually takes shape under the eyes of the visitor each day of the Festival.
|I like to move it|
|I like to move it|
I like to move it
by DIXNEUFCENTQUATREVINGTSIX Architecture [MathildeGaudemet& Arthur Ozenne], Paris, France
In this garden, the visitor faces a seemingly wild meadow. Grasses and a few birch trees grow together against the backdrop of dense greenery. There seems to be little going on here. But the straight lines at ground level, punctuating the space, create a rhythm and attract the visitor’s attention. On approaching one turns around, scans, wonders and finally touches. That is when the trees begin to move. Visitors can slide the trees along their tracks and create their own garden. The banal becomes strange. Nature domesticated transforms the landscape into a garden.
by Meaghan Hunter & Suzy Melo, Winnipeg (Manitoba) Canada
This garden is a distillation of the existing site through the use of colorful curtains that mimic the magical sounds and imagery of the trembling aspen (Populustremuloides). A vertical plane of multi-colored discs dance in the wind, creating a melody and visual buzz indicative of the trembling leaves of the aspen. Visitors are encouraged to interact with the curtains to enhance the movement of the disc leaves.
The gardens will be open every day up to September 27, 2015.
For more on the Festival, visit http://www.internationalgardenfestival.ca