Little by little, Elsie Reford’s green thumb and patience transformed a spruce forest on the Gaspé Peninsula into a bona fide work of botanical art. Come walk the flower-lined trails of Reford Gardens, meditate amidst the works of art, and learn how to preserve natural beauty.
Elsie Reford (1872–1967) was a self-taught horticulturalist who adapted some 3,000 species of native and exotic plants to the harsh Gaspé climate. She even coaxed the heavenly blue Himalayan poppy to take root! Ms. Redford was a visionary who left her mark in all sorts of different ways. Meet this bold, inspiring, and determined woman in Elsie through the eyes of..., an exhibit presented at Estevan Lodge.
Each summer, creators give free rein to their imaginations in this natural wonderland. During the International Garden Festival, explore whimsical installations that both surprise and delight, inspiring visitors to join in and play—or stop short in admiration.
Use technology to learn more about the gardens and their history and take a guided tour that emphasizes ecology and environmental action.
Taste some of the garden’s over 150 edible plants alongside delicious regional products at the Estevan Lodge restaurant. And don’t leave without saying hi to our grass-cutting team ... of sheep!
Build right! Visit ERE 132, an eco-construction interpretation centre built with local expertise. This LEED® Platinum and Novoclimat 2.0 certified home is a model for green builders. You can even take care of business in the collaborative workspace.