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One of the world's leading gardens, the Montreal Botanical Garden, is within easy reach. You can admire unique collections of orchids, cacti, penjings and other exceptional plants in the ten year-round greenhouses. Plan a stroll through the Arboretum and, come spring, explore dozens of outdoor thematic gardens, each one more colourful than the next. Enjoy a veritable bouquet of cultural activities led by enthusiastic nature interpreters in the Chinese Garden, Japanese Garden and First Nations Garden.
- Greenhouses: a trip around the world in ten thematic greenhouses
- Outdoor gardens: some 30 gardens provide a colourful walk
- Japanese Garden and Pavilion: cultural exhibitions, bonsai trees and a Tea Garden
- Chinese Garden: the largest of its kind outside Asia
- First Nations Garden: exhibition, activities, gift shop
- Tree House: showcases the 40-hectare arboretum with its unique collection of trees and shrubs
- New: Begonias & Gesneriads Conservatory
You can pretend it's still summer as you stroll through nine of the greenhouses at the Botanical Garden. From succulents to orchids, ferns, penjings and banana trees, take a colourful journey through this beautiful oasis where you can forget the snow and cold outside.For more information, take a look at our calendar of activities and events!
Guided tours of the Marie-Victorin Herbarium
Would you like to learn more about the Marie-Victorin Herbarium? Our volunteer guides will introduce you to this hidden gem.
The Marie-Victorin Herbarium is a large collection. Thanks to its 634,640 specimens, the Herbarium is known internationally and ranks fourth largest among Canadian herbaria. It is used for research and education.
Guided Tours of the Outdoor Gardens
May 15 tom October 31, daily at 10:30 am. For a memorable visit, our volunteer guides will be happy to lead you in the Jardin botanique outdoor gardens. Learn all about the Shrub Garden, Rose Garden and Alpine Garden. Guided tours are offered free, with an admission ticket, in co-operation with the Friends of the Montréal Botanical Garden. Departures from the Friends of the Botanical Garden kiosk. * The general tours are offered in English according to the availability of English-speaking guides.A number of thematic tours are also organized during the year. The detailed schedule and related information can be found on the Amis du Jardin botanique website.
The Plant Odyssey - June 22 to October 31
Come experience The Plant Odyssey! How did plants invade and conquer dry land from the oceans? How did they thrust themselves ever higher toward the light? How did they spread across all the continents? What better way to answer these questions than to experience the adventure of the history of plants! On a fun trail in the middle of nature, you’ll discover how the plant world emerged, experience the aquatic environment where everything began, admire beautiful flowers, cross wooden footbridges, touch different kinds of moss, and saunter along at your own pace. It’s an epic tour with activity stops along the way for both young and old!
Sheep at the Jardin botanique - Until October 1
From May 24 to October 1st, sheep will be “mowing the lawn” at the Jardin botanique, near the Leslie Hancock Garden. The ewes and their lambs will be hard at work between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
This eco-grazing is a joint initiative by the Jardin botanique and an NPO called the Laboratoire d’agriculture urbaine (AU/LAB), as part of the “Biquette à Montréal” project.
The Arts Put on a Show at the Garden - Sundays at 2 pm from June 30 to September 1
Come listen to tunes by your favourite artists every Sunday afternoon this summer in the heart of the garden. Enjoy the outdoor concert series in a fragrant summertime setting. Stretch out near the stage on the grass or in one of the chairs and absorb the music and nature.
Nature is your Shelter - Daily until October 31
Animals are talented architects, and now they’d like to share their lairs with you! Would you dare step inside a bear’s den? How about stretching out in a butterfly’s cocoon? Take them up on their invitation and enjoy an entertaining stroll combining dreams, imagination and discoveries.
Monarch Fiesta - August 24 and 25
A big party to celebrate the king of the butterflies and applaud the countless actions of the citizens who work to preserve it. In a family atmosphere, come meet monarch devotees. On the program: board games, handicrafts workshops, music, exhibits, gardening advice and more!
- Plan 90 minutes to 3 hours for your visit
- Pay parking on site
- Packages available with the Biodôme, Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium and Olympic Tower
- Calendar of activities, click here