Botanical Garden - Insectarium, Montreal
The Chinese gardens are the most elaborate and the highlight of the Jardin Botanique. There are so much more than just a garden of Chinese plants. The exhibit includes a small rice exhibit, numerous examples of Chinese architecture and even live performances from Chinese traditional artists.
The magic of lanterns
at the botanical garden of Montréal
Since over 20 years during september and october, the chinese garden, in the botanical garden
offers the wonderful experience of MAGIE DES LANTERNES.
This year, 2011, about 900 lanternes expressed the parade of the first (out of 400) chinese
The color and variety on these grounds was amazing. It is hard to believe they can grow all these varieties in Montreal's climate. It was divided into four sections: Chinese, Japanese, Alpine and First Nations (Canadian plants). All were gorgeous but the Chinese was my favorite.
We purchased tickets to the botanical garden and the butterflies go free at the same time we bought tickets to the biodome. Butterflies Go Free is located in the botancial garden, which is right next to Olympic Park. They offer tours of the garden, but the lady who was doing them the day we went only did them in French (not sure if she's the only one or not), but we weren't really there to see the garden anyway. The butterflies is really a beautiful exhibit-butterflies flying everywhere, they have fruit down on plates where butterflies land so you can get a really upclose view. The exhibit wasn't huge, you basically just walk around and look at the butterflies. There are places to sit if you want to draw, or just relax a bit and wach the butterflies flying around your head. You may even be able to see butterflies hatching in one part. There was a lot of little kids and families there.
We didn't really walk around the botanical garden except to get to the butterflies and back-we weren't really too interested in the flowers.
Beautiful bug park with a lot to see. Make sure when you visit the park also visit the Biodôme and
Olympic Park. It will cost around $12 for a full day walking around the park. Also pets like dogs
and cats are not allowed unless they are guide dogs.
The park is divided into many sectors, there is The Japanese park, The Chinese park, The Alpine
Garden and The First Nations Garden.
You absolutely can not visit Montreal and not see the Botanical Gardens or Jardin Botanique de Montreal. It is one of the largest I have ever seen. To quickly walk through and snap some photos will take you about 4 hours, but if you want to stop and enjoy the plants and read the descriptions, allow another 4 hours.
The Jardin Botanique de Montreal is made up of several smaller gardens. To name a few: Rose, City, Chinese, Japanese, Edible Plants, Toxic Plants, Vertical Gardens and The Rockies. I found the Japanese and Chinese gardens of particular interest. If you go during operating hours, you have to pay an admission, but you can have access to the inside displays. After hours, you can still look at the plants outside.
If you are a photographer, this place is a photographer's dream!
To see a lot more photos:
Alpine and Rockies gardens: http://travel.webshots.com/album/578388370aHwMOc
City gardens: http://travel.webshots.com/album/578388749fUPqlu
Crevice and Vertical gardens: http://travel.webshots.com/album/578381640UysGFI
Chinese garden: http://travel.webshots.com/album/578378856NKpVFK
First Nations display: http://travel.webshots.com/album/578395981sERNCM
Japanese garden: http://travel.webshots.com/album/578385114BAxQWk
Medical and Edible plants: http://travel.webshots.com/album/578391815YOWcxC
Monastary garden: http://travel.webshots.com/album/578393706nBDpJU
Toxic plants: http://travel.webshots.com/album/578388381nQDPjf
General photos: http://travel.webshots.com/album/578385146RXvnbz
This past weekend we had some not so nice weather. Seeing as in June Friends of the Biodome enter free to the Botanical gardens and the Insectarium we decided to head over there and check it out. You can spend a whole day wandering in the gardens. They are well maintained and are worth the entry fee. You can walk through the Gardens to get to the Insectarium. Outside there are games for kids, with interesting fun facts along the way.
Inside it is rather small if you compare it to the Biodome. But we took 1 hour to look at all the bugsm and that is with a 2 ½ year old. Even at his age he was interested. He really liked the Ants and Bees. He also likes the HUGE cockroaches, Mommy not so much! LOL
We have the family yearly pass to the Biodome so we have free entry to the Botanical Gardens and the Insectarium in June; as well as the Planetarium in November. I would suggest getting the pass to the Biodome and go for free in June to the gardens and Bugs, as you can go to the Biodome many times over the year, but the Bugs would get boring after the 2nd visit.
Most of us fail to appreciate the importance of insects--which pollinate our crops, and prey upon each other. Most animal species on this earth are insects. The Insectarium will educate you on what they are and what they do. It's not only educational, but very entertaining. Ever since it opened in 1990, the Insectarium has impressed visitors with its displays of insects and their activities.
With gardens representing cultures and habitats from all over the world, these gardens rate second only to the Royal Botanical Gardens as a must-see for the green thumb. It has over 22,000 plant species and 30 themed gardens. There are also school and gardening programs, plus children's activities. You'll need a few hours to see everything here.
After walking all the way around the Olympic Stadium, we finally reach the insectarium. If you exit the Pie-IX station instead of going west, go east and it's much easier to find. So, we happen upon what looks like not such a very big building and wondered how much of attraction could this be. Well, it was extremely interesting. I was really surprised with how many live bugs they actually had! The horned beetles were my favorite. They are quite large and colorful. I so glad we don't have bugs like that in SoCal. You don't get to touch the bugs but you can get very close to them. They also have a vast display of dead bugs. Some of them the size of birds! You shouldn't miss this!
Please see my travelog for more Insectarium photos!
Indeed, with its collection of 22,000 plant species and cultivars, 10 exhibition greenhouses, some thirty thematic gardens, and teams of researchers and activities staff, the Montréal Botanical Garden ranks as one of the world's largest (185 acres (748,668 square meters)and most spectacula gardens.
There is also a train ride that goes from site to site evrynow and then.
The Chinese garden reminded me of those that I saw in Beijing. It has many winding paths, an artificial mountain, and a building in the Chinese style housing a collection of "penjing"(the ancient Chinese art of growing trees and plants, kept small by skilled pruning and formed to create an aesthetic shape and the complex illusion of age). The garden is the largest Chinese garden in the world outside China.
The Japanese Garden is populated with (of course) Japanese plants, and it contains a building in the Japanese style containing an exhibit on tea. The Japanese tea ceremony is performed there during the summer and other traditional Japanese arts, such as Iaido and Ikebana are occasionally demonstrated there as well. It also includes a large koi pond where visitors can feed the koi fish.
The First Nations Garden is populated with Canadian plants; the maple, birch, and pine trees. It has several totem poles and exhibits demonstrating traditional Native American artwork.
The Alpine Garden has several paths winding over a rocky outcrop which is covered with tiny, delicate alpine plants.
Other gardens include the poisonous plants garden (which has samples of various poisonous plants along with information on the effects of various doses), the economic plants exhibit, the flowery brook, and an arboretum. The botanical gardens are also the home to some wildlife; primarily squirrels, ducks, turtles and herons.
My sister & I took the kids on a "rare" sunny day in Montreal to the Botanical Gardens,It's ranked one of the largest botanical gardens.(so make sure you wear a comfortable shoes for walking).
Check the link below for tickets & working hours.
Botanical garden is next to the Olympic Stadium. We were there on a hot day and it was nice just to sit next to the pond and watch the world go by. My favourite place was Japanese or Chinese garden. This place is very clean. I recommend to take the little train which will take you all around the garden.
Very beautiful and diversify themes.
This is the part of China, it's amazing when you are there! You can't see the flowers but not too far you can find them. You should go.
Le Jardin botanique de Montréal, fondé en 1931, est considéré comme l'un des plus importants au monde. Parcourir ses dix serres d'exposition et sa trentaine de jardins, c'est partir à la découverte des couleurs et des parfums du monde. Laissez-vous charmer par l'exotisme du Jardin de Chine et du Jardin japonais. Ouvrez les portes de la Maison de l'arbre et découvrez la richesse forestière du Québec et l'importance de l'arbre en milieu urbain. Ne manquez pas la nouvelle Cour des sens, spécialement conçue pour les non-voyants, qui vous fera poser un «regard» différent sur les merveilles du Jardin.
The Montréal Botanical Garden, created in 1931, is now one of the largest in the world. Come explore its ten exhibition greenhouses and more than 30 outdoor gardens, and experience the colours and fragrances of the world. Let yourself be carried away by the exotic charm of the Chinese and Japanese gardens. Step through the doors of the Tree House and learn about the wealth of Quebec's forests and the many ways in which trees contribute to the urban environment. Don't miss the new Courtyard of the Senses, specially designed for visually impaired visitors and offering a completely different way of experiencing a garden.
For some reason I expected this to be indoors, since it is so cold here. But it is outdoors and was raining when I went a bit, so mostly empty. But that actually made it quite nice, and I really enjoyed my time walking around. I visited the Japanese and Chinese Gardens. Both have buildings you can enter. The Japanese building had a nice exhibit on Sake and the Chinese Gardens had a delightful lantern exhibit.