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Botanical Gardens Jardin Botanique in Montreal are one of the largest in the world and are a true accomplishment for a city situated this far north. Jardin Botanique is the Huntington Botanical Gardens of Montreal. The difference is that Jardin Botanique has more greenhouses compared to Huntington Botanical Gardens.

The Montreal Botanical Gardens boast a collection of 22,000 cultivars and plant species, 30 thematic gardens, and 10 exhibition greenhouses. With a team of activities staff and researchers, the Botanical Gardens are among the most spectacular and largest botanical gardens in the world. Visitors enjoy the design of the gardens, from a peaceful Japanese garden to a beautiful Chinese Garden, and a French garden with a classic design.

One interesting garden is the Economic Plant Garden, where visitors find a variety of plant species used for their nutritional value and for making cloth. This garden is divided into fifteen sections, and its function is mostly educational. One section of the garden features ornamental combinations of a variety of edible species, serving for trials of new vegetables. The Monastery Garden contains a number of aromatic and medicinal plants that were cultivated in the monasteries during the Middle Ages. The collection includes a variety of plants, including spearmint, European wild ginger, chervil, and others, growing around the garden’s central wall. The Medicinal Plant Garden features another interesting collection of plants used by the pharmaceutical industry and in folk medicine. This garden offers information about the medicinal properties of different plants, for example, the common foxglove and the yellow gentian. Court of the Senses is one garden that lets visitors discover plants with their eyes closed, using their senses. The Garden of Innovations is for horticulture and gardening enthusiasts. It presents landscaping designs, materials, plants, and the latest trends in gardening. Visitors learn about a variety of plants that arrive on the market every year.

The Toxic Plant Garden is another garden visitors find interesting. For obvious reasons, the area is enclosed by wooden fencing. Some of the plants presented here can cause skin inflammations, allergic reactions, and poisoning. Touching these plants is to be avoided. The First-Nations Garden is inspired by the Inuit and Amerindian cultures, highlighting their knowledge of plants and activities related to the world of plants, from gathering medicinal plants and food to using trees and wood for various purposes.

Other gardens to visit include the Tree House, the Lilac Garden, the Quebec Corner, the Youth Gardens, and more.

The Montreal Botanical Gardens comprise of 75 hectares of greenhouses and thematic gardens. In 2008, the garden became a National Historic Site of Canada. Because of the extent of its facilities and plant collections, it is among the most important gardens globally. While the outdoor gardens are covered with snow and are bare until April, visitors can see the indoor collections and greenhouses the whole year round.

The Montreal Botanical Gardens were founded by Mayor Camillien Houde in 1931. The design of the grounds was created by Henry Teuscher, an award winning landscape architect, curator, botanist and horticulturalist. The garden serves to educate visitors, both students of horticulture and the general public, and to preserve endangered plant species. The site is a home to the Montreal Insectrarium and the botanic research institution. The staff of the garden also administers a petting zoo and an educational farm.

The garden charges admission, but residents of the city can obtain a pass that grants free admission. The pass is for the outdoor areas, and many city residents visit them regularly. The outdoor gardens are open to visitors between 6 pm and nightfall from May to September. Many weddings take place in the gardens each year.

The Chinese garden is a feast for the eyes during the summer. It opened in 1991 and is a replica of a 14th century Garden of the Ming Dynasty. The Japanese garden opened in 1988 and was inspired by traditional Japanese landscaping and has Japanese Pavilion and outdoor bonsai garden. The greenhouses are home of tropical and desert plants. The Insectarium houses insects of every kind both living and preserved. The Botanical Garden also features Alpine Garden, First Nations Garden, Rose Garden and garden with rhododendrons and azaleas.

Where is Jardin Botanique: 4101 Rue Sherbrooke E.

How to get to Jardin Botanique: Subway Blue line to Pius-IX station

Opening Hours: May to October - Daily from 9AM to 6PM; November to April – Tuesday to Sunday from 9AM to 5PM.

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