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"Montreal Botanical Gardens" Space for Life - Montreal Botanical Garden Tip by Tom_In_Madison

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by Tom_In_Madison
  • entrance to gardens - Montreal
      entrance to gardens
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  • Japanese garden - Montreal
      Japanese garden
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  • me in front of another part of Japanese garden - Montreal
      me in front of another part of Japanese garden
    by Tom_In_Madison

Out on the northeast side of Montreal, a huge, very well kept up garden area. The Insectarium is on the grounds too.

It’s divided up into many different areas. There’s a real peaceful area called Japanese garden built to remind you of a Japanese garden with a small waterfall, quiet big pond and a little Japanese-like building. Another one is dedicated to the First Nations (or what an American would call Native Americans--I like their wording better) gardens and plants. Also a rhododendron and azalea area. Shade garden and Chinese garden.

In the main building where you buy your ticket and get the layout of the land there is an enclosed greenhouse area that emulates different areas of the world. There is a big area that has many cacti and plants from the dessert southwest, walk thru that building and you’re in the middle of a South American rainforest with their plants everywhere and the humidity beating down on you, walk thru that and you’re in Africa with cacao trees and other things from that area--and so on. Nice place to spend a few hours when the cement, hustle and bustle of the city start to wear on you.

You’ll spend 2-8 hours here. Try to combine it with any combinations of the Insectarium, Biodome & Olympic Stadium if possible, since they’re all in the same block or two.

Part of the museum pass

Address: 4101 Rue Sherbrooke E., Montréal, QC H1X 2B2
Directions: Take the Pie-IX Metro stop on the green line, get out and walk to the right up the hill and you’ll see it. You’ll pass the Olympic Stadium on your right.
Phone: (514) 872-1400

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  • Written May 19, 2006
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