Société des musées du Québec

Reford Gardens

Open from June to September

Presentation

A National Historic Site and Québec heritage site, the Jardins de Métis /Reford Gardens are an obligatory stop for all those visiting eastern Québec.  Internationnally renowned as an horticultural chef d'œuvre, these gardens offer the beauty of thousands of plants in bloom along a winding brook.

Museum experiences

  • The Ineffable Beauty - Les Jardins de Métis /Reford Gardens are the extraordinary achievement of a passionate gardener – Elsie Reford. In the summer of 1926, she began transforming her fishing camp on the Mitis River into a garden. She succeeded in cultivating rare plants, like the Himalayan blue poppy, the garden’s emblem. Today, more than 3,000 species and varieties of native and exotic plants are displayed in fifteen gardens. Pathways meander through the forest and alongside the brook, providing visitors with moments of discovery and intimacy, where they can enjoy many vistas and fragrances.
  • Marvel at the creativity of the International Garden Festival, recognized as one of the most important events of its kind in North America. Discover inspiring spaces bringing together visual arts, architecture, design, landscape and environment.
  • Taste the Gardens at the Estevan Lodge Restaurant and its unique atmosphere. Chef Pierre-Olivier Ferry, Gold Winner of the Canada Good Food Innovation Award, offers a menu featuring the unique tastes from the gardens' plant collection. A unique experience!