Cool Gardens



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 late June to September. The exhibition sites run from Main Street through the Forks to Provencher Boulevard, South Point to Waterfront Drive, calling attention to the amazing but generally unrecognized pedestrian linkages.  Brandon’s Riverbank Discovery Centre now joins the mix!

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.  


Supporting Partners: Manitoba Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts & the Winnipeg Arts Council.


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CONGRATULATIONS to all 2016 competition winners!

View all 2016 competition entries [Click Here]

For more information, visit:



1. COOL DUNES by Matt Hagen + Brydget Lewicki

James Avenue Pumping Station

2. 2° by LADR Landscape Architects

Provencher Boulevard – La Maison des artistes visuels

3. BIG RED by OPEN Design Collaborative + Mark Bauche

East of Canadian Museum for Human Rights 

4. CITIZEN GARDEN by In The Middle

West end of the Esplanade Riel

5. LE RENDEZ-VOUS by Rodney LaTourelle and Louise Witthöft

South Point lands at The Forks

6. A BLANKET A DAY by Micah Lexier

Various locations throughout Winnipeg

7. COOL DOT by Ewa Tarsia

Inn at the Forks

8. CURE DE VILLE by Janelle Tougas

Provencher Boulevard – La Maison des artistes visuels

9. THE WHEAT LOOKOUT by Marta Milà Pascual + Marc Torrellas Arnedo

Riverbank Discovery Centre, Brandon Manitoba