Montreal Botanical Gardens

The purpose of sharing information about our Montreal Botanical Gardens is not to praise or supply detailed information about their beautiful garden architecture, the delight of their butterfly garden or their enchanting garden birds. 

They do it very well themselves by being there and by enchanting each and everyone of us. No, our purpose is to simply remind everyone of you of the three qualities of nature, movement, stability and harmony and of their positive effects on our well being.

We are beings of nature and nature brings positive results to our health and our happiness.

The horticulturists, landscapers and caretakers responsible for creating such a pleasant garden organization are, to say the least, very talented botanical artists.

Their skills, their talents and their patience, along with their hard work, dedication and commitment result in an extraordinary garden art gallery that is now the main reason why our Montreal Botanical Gardens are among the top 10 in the world.

Gardeners are the craftsmen and the artists responsible for creating a vast assortment of botanical art. 

Gardeners who constantly create and  recreate garden designs and who enable each and everyone of us to peacifully benefit from the tranquility and the quietness of a nice mixture of green areas.

A Botanical Garden that is part of four Espaces pour la vie - Spaces for Life, the other three being the Biodôme, the Insectarium, and the Planetarium, each committed to protecting the biodiversity of our planet.

Montreal Botanical Gardens Designs

The Montreal Botanical Gardens offer, among other treasures, many thematic outdoor gardens as well as greenhouses. A garden organization with a large variety of garden designs and paths to discover, to explore and to appreciate.

  • The Alpine Garden takes us to a botanical trip from the  Rockies to the Himalayas and from the Alps to the Artic tundra.
  • Fountains and ponds are the centre pieces of the Aquatic Garden along with a vast collection of aquatic and wetland plants.
  • Arboretum is the Latin word for a "place planted with trees" and half of the Montreal Botanical Gardens is devoted to an impressive collection of trees and shrubs.
  • The harmony of the Chinese Garden is based on four basic elements, plants, water, stones and architecture.
  • The Courtyard of Senses is for visually impaired visitors. Plants are laid out within touching or smelling distance and visitors are encouraged to smell, touch and listen. 
  • The First Nations Garden shows the wisdom and the traditions of the First Nations and highlights their Native knowledge.
  • The flowerbeds of the Flowery Brook and Lilacs are laid out in a typical English style unconstrained by symmetry or straight lines. 
  • The Frédéric Back Tree Pavilion educates people on the ecological balance of many of the ecosystems in cities and forests.
  • The Garden Innovations shows new cultivars of annuals, perrenials and ornamental trees and shrubs in collaboration with local nursery and hybrid growers.
  • In the Japanese Garden each element creates serenity. Each tree, each shrub, each stone has been carefully placed to create a harmonious whole.
  • The Leslie Hancock Garden contains hundreds of cultivars of rhododendrons, azaleas and heaths dedicated to Leslie Hancock (1892-1977), a great rhododendron enthusiast. 
  • The Medicinal Plants Garden features at least one hundred different species and serves as an introduction to the medicinal plants used in folk medicine and by today's pharmaceutical industry.
  • The Monastery Garden with its central well is inspired by mediaeval monk's gardens and is surrounded by symmetrical beds that display a selection of medicinal and aromatic plants.
  • The walls of the Peace Garden are decorated with magnificent Iznik tiles bearing floral designs while the floral stars in this intimate garden are tulips, a species that originated in Turkey.
  • The Perennial Garden is a mixture of styles, English with its mixed borders and French with its symmetrical lines.
  • The Quebec Corner is partly dedicated to the maple-hickory forest, a forest environment typical of the Montréal region that flourished before the colony was founded.
  • The Reception Garden, the main entrance of the Montreal Botanical gardens is laid out with flowerbeds. Tulips and other flowering bulbs in the spring season and annual plants with warm colours in the summer. 
  • The Rose Garden covers more than six hectares and features rose bushes representing various species and cultivars laid out in many different beds.
  • The Shade Garden under the foliage of tall trees offers a quiet oasis and a chance to discover an amazing variety of plants adapted to shade and semi-shade lighting conditions.
  • The Shrub Garden is in the northern part of the Montreal Botanical Gardens near the large ponds and shows rows of shrubs grouped by family and genus.
  • The Toxic Plants Garden introduces a variety of potentially dangerous plants such as some ornamental plants and others used for food and medicinal purposes.
  • In the Useful Plants Garden, blueberries, lavender, flax, goldenrod, clover and sunflowers provide everyday foods, fragrances, clothing, dyes and lubricants.
  • During the summer time, the Youth Garden is tended by hundreds of young people ages 7 to 15 that are either part of the Youth Gardens or the Day Camp educational programs.

Montreal Botanical Gardens by Rachel Louise Barry

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