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Grand-Métis in La Mitis MRC, Quebec — French Canadian Region
 

Les Jardins de Métis

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, July 21, 2014
1. Les Jardins de Métis Marker
Inscription. Created by Elsie Reford between 1926 and 1958, these gardens are an inspired example of the English art of the garden. Woven into a natural setting, a series of gardens display perennials, trees and shrubs. A crab-apple orchard, a rock garden and the Long Walk are also the legacy of this dedicated horticulturist. A microclimate favours the growth of species found nowhere else in Canada, while the stream and winding paths add to the charm. Elsie Reford's beloved blue poppies and lilies still bloom and contribute, with other exotic and indigenous plants, to the harmony of the site.

French:
Créés par Elsie Reford de 1926 à 1958, ces jardins témoignent de façon remarquable de l'art paysager à l'anglaise. Disposés dans un cadre naturel, un ensemble de jardins exhibent fleurs vivaces, arbres et arbustes. Le jardin des pommetiers, les rocailles et l'Allée royale évoquent l'oeuvre de cette dame passionnée d'horticulture. Agrémenté d'un ruisseau et de sentiers sinueux, ce site jouit d'un microclimat favorable à la croissance d'espèces uniques au Canada. Les pavots bleus et les lis, privilégiés par Mme Reford, y fleurissent toujours et contribuent, avec d'autres plantes exotiques et indigènes, à l'harmonie de ces lieux.
 
Erected 1996 by Historic Sites and Monument Board of Canada/Commission
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By Barry Swackhamer, July 21, 2014
2. Les Jardins de Métis Marker
de lieux et monuments historique du Canada.
 
Location. 48° 37.842′ N, 68° 7.769′ W. Marker is in Grand-Métis, Quebec, in La Mitis MRC. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Quebec Route 132 and Quebec Route 234, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 Route 132, Grand-Métis, Quebec G0J 1Z0, Canada.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at the Belvedere, next to the flagpole.
 
Also see . . .  Redford Gardens. (Submitted on February 7, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
 
Categories. Horticulture & Forestry
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 7, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 268 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 7, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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