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Jardin de la Métairie receives the ‘Canada 150 Garden Experience’ designation

Véronique St-Pierre

For Canada’s 150th anniversary, 150 gardens and garden experiences were jury selected to receive the title ‘Canada 150 Garden Experience.’ This title recognizes the visit of jardin de la Métairie (Farmhouse Garden) as one of the 150 ways of celebrating Canada’s anniversary.

The prizes were awarded during a ceremony at the North American Garden Tourism Conference. The list of winners is available on canadasgardenroute.ca.

Our mission of education through history pushes us to explore new ways of stimulating the public’s interest in our museum. That is the purpose of our garden experience,” explained Madeleine Juneau, executive director of Maison St-Gabriel. “This title is a great honour. We are genuinely proud to be able to associate jardin de la Métairie with the 150th anniversary celebrations.”

This distinction supports the recent addition of the Jardin des origines that will be inaugurated by the museum on Monday, June 5, 2017. It recalls the contribution of Aboriginal women and bears witness to the encounter of the French and Aboriginal cultures. It pays tribute to the horticultural know-how and knowledge of medicinal plants of First Nations women.

Jardin de la Métairie, recreated in the spirit of New France, presents history in fragrant and colourful way. It is a reflection of the gardens of the first inhabitants at that time – a mix of European tradition and their new land. Its arrangement is typically French while the choice of plants is influenced by the realities of this new country that would one day become Canada.

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