Botanical Garden - Insectarium, Montreal
Plan to spend at least a full afternoon there, it's that beautiful. There are all sorts of flowers, and different sections of the gardens have different themes. My favorites were the Chinese garden and the Japanese garden. I felt like I was in Asia! I remember the Chinese Garden had a lot of old-style Chinese buildings.
Now, I went during the summertime and the garden was absolutely perfect. It is closed at certain times of the year. It is best to check their website for their hours.
It is much like other gardens in that there is an assortment of flowers and trees. However, they also have an insectarium which is neat if you have children that like that sort of thing.
What was most intriguing was the Chinese Garden. I probably liked that the best because it really felt like I was walking through the traditionally styled Chinese gardens. From the detail in the entry, the pavilions, and the courtyards, I felt like I had been transported back in time. This endeavor was executed between the Parks Department of the City of Shanghai and the Montréal Botanical Garden. In 1990, literally thousands of pieces were shipped from Shanghai to Montréal to complete this portion of the garden. Their efforts are not unrewarded...the result is magnificent!!
For a nice romantic walk on a shiny day, through beautifull gardens, this is the place :-)
Check out the Japanese garden, my favorite.
The Chinese garden is also beautifull, with its great banzai collection...
For this visit, take a whole afternoon! (it took me 4 hours)
In September, 2004 (high season), the entrance fee for the Botanical Gardens & the Insectarium was $11.75CAD. Montreal's Botanical Gardens contains 22,000 different species of plants, 10 exhibition greenhouses, and 30 themed gardens (i.e. the Japanese Garden, the First Nations Garden, the Garden of Innovations, etc.). My favorite was the Chinese Garden, as it was beautifully highlighted by paper lanterns, which only added to its tranquility.
Butterflies Go Free exhibition will transport you to a world of beauty, warmth and lush greenery.
TIPS on how to shine and let butterflies alight on you.
- Wear bright colors.
- Stay under sun ray's spot. (the green house is in glass roofing and lots of shade from the trees cover some part).
-Squeeze a drop of orange on the tip of your fingers if you would like the butterfly to have a dainty and soft landing on it.
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Le Jardin Botanique is an enormous tract of land set aside to showcase flowers and plants from around the world. There are acres of outdoor gardens each with their own theme, and there is a building on the grounds containing several greenhouses as well as a gift shop. They sell unique gardening supplies as well as some small plants.
An avid gardener myself, I was truly impressed by the size, health and quality of the plants with Montreal being so far north. Some of my favorite gardens were the Chinese Garden, a huge exhibit complete with its own pond and small mountain, and the water garden, a series of man-made ponds in which several varieties of water lillies flourished beautifully.
There is also an arboretum here where you can see many varieties of trees. They even have a shuttle bus to take you there, as it is a long walk from the main entrance.
The greenhouses are not to be missed. One of the most varied and gorgeous collections of orchids I have ever seen is housed there among many other varieties of tropical plants and trees. Complete information is given about each flower and plant in both French and English.
Also on the grounds of le Jardin Botanique is the Insectarium, a museum completely dedicated to the study of creepy crawlers. The majority of the insects here are preserved specimens, which takes away somewhat from their creepiness. However, they do have a tank full of South American millipedes. I did my best to avoid looking at those, but you may enjoy them. Some of the most interesting bugs we found here were the giant moths and butterflies from Africa. If you've never seen any you'll be amazed at their size. The only down point to our Insectarium visit was that it was a very hot day and the building is not air conditioned. After a while the indoor temperature became too much for us to handle, but you should be fine on a cooler day.
Admission to the gardens and insectarium was $10.50 (Can.) but you can buy tickets to the gardens only for a bit less.
Sure, everyone writes about the Jardin de Botanique, but there is a good reason for it - it is a great way to spend half, or a full day no matter how old you are. Personally, I think adults will enjoy the Botanical Gardens more than children in terms of being able to appreciate the beauty of it all.
They also boast the largest Chinese garden outside of Asia. Many Chinese artists are at work in the garden, selling their wares in a most unique setting. If you can only do one thing in Montreal, the Botanical Garden is IT.
Nearby is the Biodome, Insectarium, Montreal Tower and Planetarium. Definately take your camera and plenty of rolls of film - as like any attraction those things are expensive here. The Botanical Garden and the Insectarium are located on the same grounds. Admission provides access to both attractions. During the summer, included in the entrance fee, is an animated mini-train which runs through the site.
Adults: $8.75 off season $11.75 high season
Senior:$6.75 off season $9.00 high season
Kids: $4.50 off season $6.00 high season
Note that these prices are for garden & insectarium only, I highly recommend the "Get An Eyeful" package which will get you admission into the Biodôme, the Botanical Garden, the Insectarium and the Montréal Tower (Valid for 30 consecutive days, one visit per site).
Check website for hours and directions.
The Montréal Botanical Garden is the place to visit in any season. It's located just minutes from downtown Montréal, right near the Biodôme and Olympic Park and offers a world of colors and fragrances for visitors to enjoy. Ranked as one of the largest of its kind in the world, the Montréal Botanical Garden is a veritable living museum of plants from the four corners of the Earth.
Whether you're a lover of flowers or know little about them ( like myself!) you're sure to be captivated by the colors and fragrances from around the world. From the Chinese Garden to the heart of the Sonoran desert, from the peaceful oasis of the Japanese Garden to the classically designed French garden or the woodlands of the Laurentians, the beauty of it all will overwhelm you.
Montreal Botanical Garden is a collection of 22 000 plant species, 10 exhibition greenhouse and a lot of thematic garden (Chinese, Japanese, French...). The garden was created in 1931.
Open 365 days a year: From June 21 to September 1, the garden is open from 9 AM to 6PM. Approximatively 10$ CA (6,50$) (a visit to the insectarium is include in the price)
It is the world's second-largest botanical garden, and is absolutely beautiful. We spent a couple of hours there, just enjoying the gardens, the wonderful colors, and of course, taking a ridiculous amount of pictures!
It has a little train you can ride through the entire garden, which lets you pick out the parts you want to return to for further explorations.
Okaaaaay, of all Activities listed, this one is interesting, not only do they have an insectarium of bugs on display but they also have Bug tasting.
If you check this out while you are in town- Don't forget to floss well afterwards! (Click on the Picture to See a Large Version of that bug in his mouth)
One of the most beautiful gardens in the world with the widest and largest array of plants and flowers, open year round, the Botanical Gardens is the place to see for any nature or plant lovers. Adults $ 7.25, Age 65 and more and students $ 5.75,
Age 5 to 17 $ 3.75
Free under 5- (Click on the Picture to See a Large Version)
A botanical garden with 21000 spieces and cultivars of plants, 10 exhibition greenhouses, 30 thematics gardens, Noah's Ark greenhouse, chinese garden, first nation garden, birdwatching, picnic, gift shop and more! Great events take place on occasion. Last time, there were a butterflies exhibit where tropicals butterflies flew free in the greenhouse. And on the same lot, there's the Insectarium which is a insect museum. They too have great events such as the tasting of the bugs!!
The Botatical Garden, Biodôme and Insectarium.
The Chinese Garden is among the most beautiful in the World. People who have been in Shanghai says that the Montreal's one is even nicer.
Botanical Gardens: Different themed gardens with more the 21,000 species and varieties of plants from all around the world. The Japanese and Chinese Garden Pavillions are gorgeous. ** Insectarium: Insect museum- the only one of its kind in North America, where you can have a chance to eat bugs! (yuck!)