Garden festivals are often a testing ground for landscape designers – and offer the chance to try out ideas in a confined space that can later be applied to larger projects. While renowned garden festivals in Europe are Chaumont-sur-Loire, Floriade in the Netherlands and Chelsea Fringe in London, the International Garden Festival in Métis in northern Quebec is probably the best-known festival in North America. Since 2000 it has presented more than 150 temporary gardens at the cutting edge of garden design and environmental art. This publication will provide a survey of garden festivals and their role in landscape design and then present a selection of 25 gardens from Métis in typological order, amongst them works by Ken Smith, Topotek 1, Diana Balmori and Snøhetta.
At the interface of art and landscape design Internationally renowned designers from Europe and North America Experimental designs in a challenging Northern environment
Métis International Garden Festival (ed.), Quebec, Canada; Emily Waugh, Harvard University