Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent

Working the scenery

A distinguished woman wearing an embroidered apron and walking along a flower-lined walkway, basket in hand.

Elsie Reford at work in her garden’s Long Walk,c. 1950.

© Reford Gardens, NAC 1997.10.33.13.

After an accident, Elsie Reford discovered her passion for gardening. Starting in 1926, she worked relentlessly to bring about her dream: the creation of a garden adapted to the area’s northern climate. As we can see in this photo, her selection of cultivars—for their beauty, rareness and resistance to Métis’s cold climate—bore fruit.

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