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After announcing its program a few weeks ago, the Reford Gardens' International Garden Festival is finally open; in addition to its permanent gardens, visitors can enjoy 13 contemporary gardens created by teams of designers and architects from around the world, until October 5.

- The Montreal foursome of architects and landscape architects À4 has conceived a garden in which visitors are at risk of getting wet. "Poule mouillée!" consists of 66 sprinklers with closed circuit programmed water jets that defy the visitor to run across.

- Rita, a Montreal collective, presents a unique vision of reforestation with an installation of 100 giant pine air-fresheners. In "Passe-moi un sapin Rita," young and not-so-young visitors can alter the installation and create a giant playground. 

- From Austin and New York, the Legge-Lewis-Legge trio has created the "Round Up (after Monet)" garden: 14 hayricks, a major source of inspiration for the impressionist painter, will grow in size over the summer.

- Four architects from Florence (Francesca Moretti, Federico Brancalion, Rodolfo Roncella and Mirando Di Prinzio) created "Suspended Reflections," chrome spheres that seem to float in thin air like raindrops caught in a spider's web. 

- In "Bon arbre au bon endroit," five landscape architects from Montreal's NIP Paysages have built a project where hundreds of birds, perched on electrical wires, remind the visitor that you must plant the right tree in the right place.

- The crowd favourite from the summer of 2007, "Pomme de parterre," designed by the architectural trio of Iarocci-Ironside-Ross (Montreal and Toronto), will once again be featured.

- In Stoss Landscape Urbanism's "Safe Zone" (United States), children can have fun while their parents discover areas in which the designers have used and converted commercial products created for potentially dangerous situations.

- "Le bois de biais" from Atelier (France and Germany) brings confusion to the notion of where to find the garden, the site, the landscape and the forest.

- Cédule 40, a collective from the Saguenay Region, invites visitors to sow the seeds in the wind with the help of a giant swing.

- Montrealers Doug Moffat and Steve Bates continue their sound exploration in the "SoundField" garden where, blowing through a garden of poplars, the wind turns into music.

- In the "Black Box," the Montreal trio, comprising Jasmin Corbeil, Stéphane Bertrand and Jean-Maxime Dufresne, explores the sounds of the garden through a mysterious box.

- Montrealer Hal Ingberg's "Coloured Reflections" keeps visitors guessing.

- Two architects from Ontario's North Design created "Core Sample," a garden in a state of constant metamorphosis.