International Garden Festival to Exhibit Algaegarden in Toronto at the IIDEX/NeoCon Canada

Grand-Métis, September 21, 2011 – The International Garden Festival is showing Algaegarden designed by Heather Ring, Brenda Parker and Synnøve Fredericks from London, England, at the IIDEX/NeoCon Show in Toronto on September 22 and 23.


Algaegarden celebrates the beauty and productive potential of algae through a design that underlines its diversity and meaning. The garden leads the visitor to appreciate algae both as an alternative to oil and other energy sources and a source of food and nutrition. This garden was selected from nearly 200 projects following the call for proposals for the 12th International Garden Festival.

The Designers

Landscape architect Heather Ring, is the founder of Wayward Plants, which facilitates social exchange through the design of spaces and events. Her work has been exhibitedAlgaeGarden internationally, including shows at the Barbican London, the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal and the Graham Foundation in Chicago. Synnøve Fredericks is an artist and designer motivated by social interaction, specifically exploring our relationship with food, which led her to research on spirulina algae in the nomadic gardens of refugee camps, and bacteria and yeasts for their nutritional value. Scientist Brenda Parker is interested in how microorganisms can be used for environmental good: cleaning up arsenic from drinking water and remediating harmful chemicals.

About IIDEX/NeoCon

IIDEX/NeoCon Canada is Canada’s largest exposition and conference for the design, construction and management of the built environment. IIDEX/NeoCon Canada’s mandate is to serve the interests of interior design, architectural, facility management, real estate development and business communities through an annual tradeshow and conference that takes place at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto.

About the International Garden Festival

The International Garden Festival is the leading contemporary garden festival in North America. Presented since 2000, the Festival has attracted over 900,000 visitors and has exhibited 110 gardens by 220 designers from fifteen countries. The only event of its kind in Canada, the Festival is a showcase and a springboard for emerging designers in all disciplines. In addition to presenting temporary gardens on site, the Festival also exhibits extra-mural gardens, this year on the Place de la Dauversière in Old Montréal (until October 3).

The Festival recently launched its call for proposals to select designers for the 13th edition of the Festival in 2012. Information on the competition can be found on the gardens’ web site,  the deadline for submissions is Friday, November 11.

Source: International Garden Festival