"Chinese Lanterns" Space for Life - Montreal Botanical Garden Tip by brazwhazz

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In the weeks leading up to Halloween, the Botanical Garden presents its Magie des lanternes (Magic of Lanterns) exhibition, as a series of lanterns are set up in the Chinese garden (as well as on the way there, to save you from getting lost).

While you can visit the Chinese garden by day, it is best to way until dark, since the lanterns are lit up shortly before sunset. Night time is when the beauty of the site can best be appreciated.

If you go there in October, make sure you also check out the Grand bal des citrouilles (Great Pumpkin Ball) in the Main Exhibition Greenhouse. The hundreds of pumpkins on display are the year's entries in the annual pumpkin-decorating contest. It is no trick, but definitely a treat to see the fertile imagination of kids aged 3 to 103.

Address: 4101 Sherbrooke Street East
Directions: The best way to get to the Botanical Garden is to take the green line metro and get off at Pie-IX station.
Phone: (514) 872-1400
Website: http://www2.ville.montreal.qc.ca/jardin/jardin.htm

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  • Written Mar 28, 2005
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