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The Forest According to Rita

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On June 3, the programme for the ninth edition of the International Garden Festival at the Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens was revealed at the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec; to mark the occasion, the Rita collective transformed the location into a forest of pine air fresheners.

From June 21 until October 5, a total of 13 contemporary gardens conceived by 40 ephemeral garden designers from Quebec, Ontario, France, Italy, Germany and the United States will offer visitors new experiences to enjoy.

With their 100 pine air fresheners, Rita will create a whimsical garden that focuses on how man is appropriating nature. Instead of hanging from a string, they will be positioned on Lego boards and moved at will, comprising this year's giant playground at the Reford Gardens.

The Quebec team of À4 has dreamed up "Poule mouillée," a garden where 66 sprinklers dare the visitor who is not too chicken to end up soaking wet. For its part, the team at NIP Paysage has conceived a garden entitled "Bon arbre au bon endroit" (the right tree in the right place), a project that has hundreds of fake birds perched on dozens of electrical wires.

The favourite from the 2007 edition, Pomme de parterre (flowerbed potato), created by the architect-trio of Iarocci-Ironside-Ross from Montreal and Toronto, will be presented again this year.