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.
The exhibit intends to mirror the internationally acclaimed Winnipeg Warming Huts Program. Cool Gardens takes place annually from July until the end of September. The exhibition sites run from The Forks to Provencher Boulevard, and Upper Fort Garry Provincial Park, calling attention to the amazing but generally unrecognized pedestrian linkages.
Cool Gardens presents an alternative attraction for tourist participation in Downtown Winnipeg, increasing the visitation of locals and guests around the celebration and the exchange between nature and art.