"Beautiful Gardens" Space for Life - Montreal Botanical Garden Tip by peach93

  Chinese Garden
by peach93

Le Jardin Botanique is an enormous tract of land set aside to showcase flowers and plants from around the world. There are acres of outdoor gardens each with their own theme, and there is a building on the grounds containing several greenhouses as well as a gift shop. They sell unique gardening supplies as well as some small plants.

An avid gardener myself, I was truly impressed by the size, health and quality of the plants with Montreal being so far north. Some of my favorite gardens were the Chinese Garden, a huge exhibit complete with its own pond and small mountain, and the water garden, a series of man-made ponds in which several varieties of water lillies flourished beautifully.

There is also an arboretum here where you can see many varieties of trees. They even have a shuttle bus to take you there, as it is a long walk from the main entrance.

The greenhouses are not to be missed. One of the most varied and gorgeous collections of orchids I have ever seen is housed there among many other varieties of tropical plants and trees. Complete information is given about each flower and plant in both French and English.

Also on the grounds of le Jardin Botanique is the Insectarium, a museum completely dedicated to the study of creepy crawlers. The majority of the insects here are preserved specimens, which takes away somewhat from their creepiness. However, they do have a tank full of South American millipedes. I did my best to avoid looking at those, but you may enjoy them. Some of the most interesting bugs we found here were the giant moths and butterflies from Africa. If you've never seen any you'll be amazed at their size. The only down point to our Insectarium visit was that it was a very hot day and the building is not air conditioned. After a while the indoor temperature became too much for us to handle, but you should be fine on a cooler day.

Admission to the gardens and insectarium was $10.50 (Can.) but you can buy tickets to the gardens only for a bit less.

Address: 4101 rue Sherbrooke est
Directions: You can take the metro to the Olympic Park stop and walk. It is only a few blocks. There is also bus service all along rue Sherbrooke.
Phone: 514-872-1400
Website: http://espacepourlavie.ca/en/botanical-garden

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 7, 2004
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