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. In Winnipeg, installations will run from Main Street to Provencher Boulevard, highlighting this generally unrecognized pedestrian linkage that bridges the Anglophone and Francophone communities. Installations along this axis provide an engaging, creative, and active experience for downtown Winnipeg. A satellite site in Brandon includes the Riverbank Discovery Centre.
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.