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Reford Gardens: A gardener’s paradise for 50 years

01/05/2012

Reford Gardens stands above the ocean, where the Mitis river joins the Saint Lawrence River to flow out into the Gulf of Saint Lawrence.

 

Known in French as Les Jardins de Métis, Reford Gardens casts its spell on thousands of visitors every year as they explore Quebec’s Gaspé Peninsula region. Opened to the public in 1962, this gardener’s paradise is the product of one woman’s hard work, patience and love. Elsie Reford truly achieved the impossible when she established her flower gardens in the difficult growing conditions of this seaside location.

 

Reford Gardens is also a family affair: it is currently operated by Alexander Reford, Elsie’s great-grandson, who has preserved and restored this magical place.

 

This little slice of Eden brings together some 3000 species and varieties of indigenous and exotic plants alongside its many paths, and features special exhibitions that change with the seasons.

Internationally renowned for its exceptional artistic and historical value, Reford Gardens should be high on any visitor’s list of destinations.

 

A large number of special activities are planned for this year’s 50th anniversary celebration, including exhibitions, concerts, parties, theatre and circus performances, culinary activities, a “festival of flavours”, literary teas, musical brunches, and the 13th annual International Garden Festival.

 

Love, emotions, a flower-filled paradise... Reford Gardens are most definitely worth the trip!

 

For more information or to order online:  www.jardinsdemetis.com

 

Did you know?

With the help of chef Pierre-Olivier Ferry and his team, Reford Gardens has also developed a line of culinary products that let you continue to savour the subtle delights of this utterly unique garden. Bring home these delicious souvenirs and treat yourself to a taste of the Gardens!

 

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