Cool Gardens is a public exhibition of contemporary garden and art installations offering a shift of sensation for the summer—cooling—as a general theme for public projects in the downtown, bringing architects, designers, landscape architects, and artists together to celebrate contemporary garden culture and the local landscape. The presentation of cutting edge garden designs places design culture at the centre of summer activities in Winnipeg, at the same time offering a pleasant relief from the summer exasperation.
Presented by StorefrontMB and the Forks, and intended to mirror the internationally acclaimed Warming Huts program, Cool Gardens takes place annually from early July to late September. The exhibition sites run from Broadway Blvd at VIA Rail’s Union Station to Provencher Boulevard, calling attention to the amazing but generally unrecognized pedestrian linkage.
Cool Gardens presents an alternative attraction for tourist participation in the downtown, increasing the visitation of locals and guests around the celebration and the exchange between nature and art.
In June 2015, Cool Gardens was awarded ‘Innovation of the Year’ by Tourism Winnipeg for their annual Tourism Awards. The award is presented to an individual, organization, business or marketing consortium in recognition of a new tourism product/service/process or approach that increases tourism to Winnipeg.
Presented by: The Forks, La Maison des Artistes and StorefrontMB.
Major Funding Partners: Manitoba Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts & the Winnipeg Arts Council.
CONGRATULATIONS to all 2016 competition winners!