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Exposition internationale horticole de Qingdao, Chine - 2014

In partnership with Quebec’s Ministère des Relations internationales, de la Francophonie et du Commerce extérieur, CUPEUM issued call for competition to design a garden for Quebec at the International Horticultural Exposition in Qingdaoin Shandong Province in China to be held in 2014.

This initiative followed Quebec’s highly noticeable presence in China’s 8th International Garden Expo in Chongqing, China (September 2011) with "Portage", a garden project directed by Quebec’s landscape architect Sébastien Breton.

The landscape architecture competition requires creating a contemporary garden within the International Horticultural Exhibition in Qingdao. This exhibition themed "From the earth, for the Earth" will be held from April to October 2014. Nearly 12 million visitors are expected. The exhibition area covers 241 hectares, 15.6 hectares of which represent water surfaces. The International Zone showcases 36 gardens, including the one from Quebec.

It is hoped that the garden of Quebec be a creation of contemporary expression, a creation that conveys a unique experience (sensitive, multi-sensory, etc.) and expresses a meaning (narrative). The garden design should be an expression of meanings and forms for Chinese and international visitors increasingly aware of new trends in creating contemporary gardens throughout the world.


Objectives of the competition

Quebec’s presence at the International Horticultural Exposition in Qingdao is a unique opportunity to:

  • Enhance creativity in the field of contemporary art in landscape and gardens;
  • Showcase young professional talents in landscape architecture internationally.



Catherine Blain et Valéry Simard, finissantes du baccalauréat en architecture de paysage de l’Université de Montréal, sont lauréates du concours pour leur proposition intitulée «La Flotte».


  • Launch : vendredi 13 juillet 2012
  • Question Period: lundi 6 août au vendredi 24 août 2012
  • Receipt of proposals: lundi 3 septembre 2012 à 16h
  • Resulting announcement ceremony: lundi 19 septembre 2012



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