Space for Life - Montreal Botanical Garden, Montreal
On our last full day in Montreal we decided to head out for our furthest venture yet to the Montreal Botanical Gardens. Taking the Metro and then walking a few blocks we purchased our tickets.
A word of warning here. When you purchase your tickets you will have a number of choices. A basic ticket which will get you into the indoor greenhouses, outdoor gardens and the Insectarium. You can also upgrade to get into the Biodome. We ended up buying tickets for all 3, but did not even get close to going to the Biodome and left that ticket (which was good for 30 days from purchase) back at the hotel for another guest to use. So unless you come first thing in the morning and rush through all 3 or have another day to come back I would suggest to only buy the basic ticket.
That was the only bad experience of the day. Other then that we had a delightful day visiting the various greenhouses especially the last one where they had their annual Pumpkin Festival going on. In that greenhouse alone there must have been over 2000 different carved pumpkins and a multitude of young school children enjoying the day.
We went outside, had a great lunch at the restaurant and then were amazed by the grounds. There are many different areas to explore and we probably only covered 50% of everything that we could have.
Toward the end of our afternoon we visited both the Japanese and Chinese garden areas which were both decorated for the annual Lights Festival. We came back after dinner in town and attended the Lights Festival with a few other VT members. I will complete a separate tip on the Light Festival to give you an idea and some pictures from that event.
I would highly recommend anyone visiting Montreal to check out this wonderful place.
The Jardin Botanique is Montreal's botanical gardens. I decided to visit the Jardin Botanique while taking in the nearby Biodome. To be honest I don't usually take on botanical gardens on regular occasions during my travels as I have very little interest in botany however I was very impressed with this garden. I was really struck by the size of Jardin Botanique as it expanse 75 hectares (185 acres) and consists of ten greenhouses, a Chinese garden, a Japanese garden and an Insectarium. Each of the greenhouses as its own theme such as tropical forest plants or orchids. In the autumn the Chinese garden hosts a Chinese lantern festival.
it costs $17 for an adult ticket to both the Jarden Botanique and the Insectarium. It is open daily from 9am to 6pm. The hours are extended to 9pm during the summer months
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.
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
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.
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.
Our final stop on the first day was at the Botanic Gardens, I actually hadn’t intended on going to them since it was already around 4 pm but we were there, it was a warm sunny day and I wasn’t quite ready to hop in the car for the long drive to Quebec City. The Gardens here are the 2nd largest in the world behind Kew Gardens near London and well worth a visit if you are a fan of gardens.
Since our visit was short we stopped briefly at the sensory gardens, a delightful place where you can touch and smell various plants and then onto the greenhouse since the indoor gardens close before the outside. We didn’t spend much time here but the greenhouses were very nicely arranged and comprehensive. They had a lovely collection of orchids, which are my favorite flowers and they have some really interesting spotted begonias.
Back outside, we headed for what I thought was the highlight of the gardens, the Chinese Garden, featuring several buildings of traditional Chinese architecture overlooking a lake and a lovely collection of penjing, the Chinese equivalent of bonsai, some of them listed as being over 200 years old. The website below has wonderful descriptions of the elements that go into the different gardens and is well worth a look BEFORE you go to heighten your appreciation of what you are looking at, the website is really well done.
Other highlights include the Japanese Garden with it’s collection of bonsai plants, the Rose Garden which was in full bloom during our visit, and the First Nations Garden featuring Canada’s native plants and trees. Included in the admission is the Insectarium, we unfortunately didn’t have time to visit.
Admission is a rather steep $12.75 CAD, it’s included on the Montreal Museum Pass so consider getting one if you plan on visiting the Biodome, the Botanic Gardens and a couple of museums. We spent about 2 hours here and could have easily spent a couple more hours.
Inside the Botanic gardens but requiring an additonal entry fee is the insectarium, essentially an insect zoo. Its a pretty interesting place to visit if you are at the Botanical gradens but not worth a special trip