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Reford Gardens: Modern design meets historic flair

By
Tara Nolan
Photography by
Tara Nolan

Elsie Reford’s legacy along with contemporary gardens from international designers are sure to inspire


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The Jardin de Métis, also known as Reford Gardens, is a fascinating blend of modern and traditional cultivated spaces perched above the shore of the St. Lawrence River in Grand-Métis, Quebec. It was originally a fishing camp that belonged to Elsie Reford. After an operation for appendicitis in 1926, a doctor suggested Elsie replace fishing with gardening while she convalesced. Elsie wasted no time. That summer, at the age of 54, she started planning her garden and supervised its construction.

 

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