Permanent Exhibition

Elsie through the eyes of…

The new permanent exhibition, "Elsie through the eyes of…" introduces visitors to the life and times of Elsie Reford. Best-known for her gardens, she had many other interests, in politics, women's health, art and international affairs. Her involvement in debates over public policy brought her into contact with many of the leading figures of the day. For the first time, visitors will have a glimpse into the life of this remarkable women, presented through images, objects and reminiscences in the thirteen exhibition rooms of Estevan Lodge.

Estevan Lodge



Virtual Exhibition

Elsie - In Her Own Words

Elsie In Her Own Words is a virtual exhibition that allows visitors an opportunity to hear the words of the gardens’ creator, Elsie Reford. Elsie Reford retells in her own words her personal experiences, drawn from her letters, speeches and diaries, as a garden creator during her stays in Metis and as a social, political and charitable activist during her life in Montreal. Mother, sportswoman, traveller, the many sides of her life are unveiled for the first time. Interactive screens also allow you to enjoy the exhibition in the museum of Estevan Lodge. The exhibition has been created by Montreal firm Umanium with research by historian Karine Hébert. Developed with the assistance of a grant from the Société des musées québécois and the Programme d’aide en numérique of Québec’s Ministère de la Culture et des Communications.

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Temporary Exhibitions

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WAR Flowers

During the First World War, George Stephen Cantlie sent his baby daughter in Montreal pressed flowers picked from the gardens, fields and hedges of war-torn Europe. This exhibition looks at Cantlie’s flowers through floriography — a Victorian method of communicating through flowers — to consider human nature in times of war. Each flower represents a human characteristic, which WAR Flowers explores through a multi-sensorial experience: scent, sight, touch and sound. The core of the exhibition is born from collaborative creation across artistic forms. Curator Viveka Melki, an acclaimed filmmaker, has assembled a strong team of artists, chosen for their boldness of vision, with internationally renowned crystal artist Mark Raynes Roberts sculpting ten optical structures and olfactory specialist, Alexandra Bachand, capturing memory in scents. The result is a touring art exhibition, revealing that, just as pollen stains paper, so does hope continue to mark the landscape of humanity at war.
Exhibition place(s) and date(s): Château Ramezay Museum, Montreal — October 2018 to January 2020.
Artists: Céline Arseneault, Alexandra Bachand, Normand Dumont,
Viveka Melki, Alexander Reford & Mark Raynes Roberts
Curator : Viveka Melki

Consult the website of the exhibition
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Grand-Métis Station

Les Jardins de Métis / The Reford Gardens transported one of the iconic MR-63 Métro wagons to our Linear Garden – to create the Grand-Métis Station. With the original Métro wagons built for Expo 67 making way for the new AZUR trains, the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) launched a call for proposals in the spring of 2016 to give them a second life. One of just seven projects chosen by the STM is this one, imagined by Le BOCAL, a creative laboratory from ABCP architecture in Quebec City. This project integrates architecture and landscape. It provides a link between Elsie Reford, the creator of the gardens, whose life was divided between Montreal during the winter months and Estevan Lodge in Grand-Métis in the summers.
Artist: Le Bocal par ABCP architecture
In the Linear Garden at the entrance to the Gardens

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La rivière Mitis, notre rivière, notre passé, notre identité...
, Virtual Museum of Canada

The Reford Gardens - 50 years of Shared Beauty, Virtual Museum of Canada 

Les Jardins de Métis - Portrait d'un paysage, Canada's Digital Collections