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READ BY | LU PAR ROBERT DESJARDINS

A PLACE OF JOY

TESTING THE LIMITS OF THE GARDEN

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the book / le livre
EXPERIMENTING
LANDSCAPES
Testing the Limits
of the Garden
Emily Waugh
Métis International
Garden Festival
Hardcover, 9" x 11-1/2"
184 pages, 2016
English only

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A PLACE OF JOY, sensations, creativity,
challenges and memories: Reford Gardens
(Les Jardins de Métis) embody the essence
of the art of the garden. They offer any
visitor a unique opportunity to commune
with gardens both classic and astonishing.
Nestled in the landscapes, wild and human,
of the lower St. Lawrence, Reford Gardens
- and especially the Métis International
Garden Festival - take on their full
meaning when seen as exercises in the
design and execution of artful gardens.
Experimenting Landscape: Testing the
Limits of the Garden presents a detailed
compilation and review of 25 gardens and
installations, making it a sort of "tour" of
the International Garden Festival; readers
are free to make their tour structured or
freeform. The book is organized into five
carefully defined themes, and each garden
is described using the same template.

The descriptions are concise, precise,
accessible, and beautifully illustrated
with photos and drawings. This strategy
encourages non-linear reading and flipping
from one chapter to another - just like
visiting the festival!
Three short essays punctuate the garden
descriptions with reflections on conceptual
garden art and landscape installations.
The first, Grounds for Experimentation,
compiles several short pieces by different
authors, collectively putting Reford
Gardens at the centre of the laboratorygarden concept. We come to understand
the dedication of Elsie Reford and her
genuinely unique contribution to the
history of the art of the garden, and the
role that Alexander Reford continues to
play by inspiring today's designers to stay
creative, bold and committed. The second
essay, Just Keep Trying!, by Tim Richardson,
reflects on how context affects the
design of a garden. The analysis applies
not only to festivals and temporary
installations, but to any landscape design
process. Richardson argues for a creative
approach reflecting the spirit of the place.
In the third essay, Marc Hallé posits a
direct relationship between the inspired
creativity seen in Reford Gardens and
professional methodologies, philosophies
and projects. He cites a number of projects
to illustrate his argument. And indeed
it does seem that a creative laboratory
such as Reford Gardens, where designers
express their most fantastical ideas, in
turn inspires novel perspectives in the
design and planning professions. Of
course, these experiments enrich the
philosophical and practical foundations
underpinning every designer's work,
without exception. I would add that the



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Winter 2017

To Begin With
Une Dernière Salve
Collaborateurs
Writers
Upfront
Prologue
La Vague
Romance of the Stone
La Pierre Romancée
Numériser La Nature
Riding Technology’s Wild Interface
Flooding Fields
Conversation
Designing Invisible Landscapes
Stacking Up - the LA’s Toolkit: A Groundhog Plugin for Grasshopper
Grasshopper Gagne Un Plugiciel
Wood Works
Floating a New Idea for Water Stewardship
LACF
Bourses De La FACP
Critique
Parting Shot
Une Dernière Salve
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Une Dernière Salve
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Writers
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Prologue
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - La Vague
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - La Pierre Romancée
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Riding Technology’s Wild Interface
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Flooding Fields
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Conversation
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Designing Invisible Landscapes
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Grasshopper Gagne Un Plugiciel
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Wood Works
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Floating a New Idea for Water Stewardship
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Bourses De La FACP
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Critique
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