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Jardins de Metis / Reford Gardens
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Owner description: Reford Gardens. One of Canada’s Premier Garden DestinationsThe Reford Gardens/Jardins de Métis are recognized as one of Canada’s outstanding gardens. A national historic site, they were created by a passionate gardener and plant lover, Elsie Reford, between 1926 and 1958. Visitors to this verdant domain of more 200 acres can admire the splendours of some 3,000 species and varieties of native and exotic plants displayed in fifteen gardens. A dozen sculptures by contemporary artists are discovered as you walk the pathways and traverse the gardens.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
“beautiful gardens”
Reviewed July 19, 2013

The gardens have many unusual plants and were looking their best in July. The famous Himalayan poppies were still in bloom. The international festival of gardens is very interesting and you can vote on your favorite. We had a nice lunch at the café, eating outside in the shade. There is also a more formal restaurant which looked nice. There is also a very nice gift shop where you can buy seeds.
We spent the night in nearby Sainte-Luce where there is lots of accommodation.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank RobTor
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English first
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72 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Nice place”
Reviewed July 5, 2013

I do not enjoy much flower, I think they are mostly boring thing. But in Reford Gardens, I like the variety and the colors. The main thing I liked in this place was the « Jardins du Monde » It's my favorite part ! Me and my friend stayed there more than one hour, having fun in every piece of art they made there.

Visited August 2012
1 Thank savans
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Montreal, Canada
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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Wonderfull place”
Reviewed July 4, 2013

Visited by end of june, a wonderful place with some many pictures to take and great views on the St Lawrence River. Very relaxing. The area dedicated to modern garden creation will be appreciate differently according people preference.

Visité fin juin, un très bon moment dans un jardin grandiose avec de très belles vues sur le St Laurent. Les jardins modernes seront eux appréciés plus personnellement par chacun.

Visited June 2013
3 Thank Guylaine17
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22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“A magnificent garden and place for exploration”
Reviewed July 3, 2013

Les Jardins de Métis are well worth the trip. The Reford family have shared a magnificent property, stately home with art and museum, and world-class garden with those lucky enough to visit. The international festival is a bonus and well worth the tour. Plan on a three hour visit if you can do it. And, adding lunch is a good idea. The food and service is great. We return at every chance we get. If you like gardens, design, quality experiences, the out-of-doors, views, and memorable experiences, this is a must see.

Visited July 2013
4 Thank tenmile1
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Playa del carmen
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17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“You must stop there”
Reviewed June 26, 2013

These amazing gardens right by the st-Lawrence, have been maintained since the late 1800's and you will find there all kinds of plants because of its micro-climate.
The paths are well managed and you can also enjoy a meal in the main house of the property.
In the area I also suggest you stop by Ste-Flavie at mr. Gagnon's gallery-restaurant-boutique and enjoy the site with its sculptures right in the st-Lawrence.

Visited June 2013
2 Thank Guy-Luc
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