Considered one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in North America, the Jardin Botanique de Montreal is definitely a must-see on your visit to the city. With its thousands of stunning flowers, spectacular ponds, and amazing gardens, it’s a perfect place to enjoy fresh air and natural beauty. Below, you’ll find all the info you need to plan the perfect visit to the Botanical Garden of Montreal.
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About the Botanical Garden of Montreal
Spread on 75 hectares, the Botanical Garden of Montreal has a collection of over 22,000 plants. It’s also home to 10 exhibition greenhouses where you’ll find plants and flowers from all over the world. This botanical garden is truly exceptional and by far, one of the most beautiful gardens I’ve ever visited.
The botanical garden is split in over 20 different gardens. The three main gardens are the Chinese garden, Japanese garden, and First Nations garden.
Below, you’ll find a list of the other thematic gardens to explore:
- Reception gardens
- Peace garden
- Rose garden
- Aquatic garden
- Shade garden
- Leslie-Hancock garden
- Shrub garden
- Toxic plants garden
- Medicinal plants garden
- Quebec corner
- Monastery garden
- Flowery brooks and lilacs
- Garden of Innovations
- Alpine garden
- Fruit trees garden
- Useful plants garden
- Perennial garden
There is also a vast woodland, called the Arboretum, where you can walk and admire various species of trees and shrubs.
On top of that, there’s always something going on in the garden. Whether it’s activities for kids, exhibitions or concerts, you won’t get bored at the Botanical Garden of Montreal.
If you have a few days in Montreal, I definitely recommend visiting this spectacular place, especially if you’re looking for a beautiful, quiet and interesting way to spend an afternoon in Montreal.
How to get to the Botanical Garden of Montreal
The Jardin Botanique de Montreal is located out of the city center but is easily accessible by metro. Take the green line to Honoré Beaugrand and stop at Pie IX station. From there, it’s a 5 minutes walk to the garden.
You can also take the bus number 139 and stop at Pie IX or 185 and stop at Sherbrook. If you decide to drive to the botanical garden, you can park at the Olympic Park.
In the area, you can also discover the Olympic Park, the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, the Chateau Dufresne and the Biodome – which is closed until December 2019.
Visiting times and tickets
In summer, the gardens are open every day from 9am to 6pm. On Fridays and Saturdays, it’s open until 7pm. In winter, the gardens opening times are from 9am to 5pm every day. The Botanical Garden of Montreal is $20,50 per adult, but to save money, you can buy a combo ticket to both the botanical garden and the Planetarium. Here are the current prices of the botanical garden (2019):
Things to do at the Botanical Garden of Montreal
The Botanical Garden of Montreal is huge, and you could easily spend 4-6 hours there. I definitely recommend choosing which sections you want to see before visiting it. Or you can take the little train around the garden, this way you’ll get to see most of it in no time.
The most popular areas to visit are the Chinese garden, the Japanese Garden and the Flowery Brooks and Lilacs. If you have more time, you can head to the First Nations garden, Alpine garden, Garden of Innovations and the greenhouses.
The Chinese garden is absolutely stunning. It is made of the main pavilion where you’ll find exhibitions on China, a wide range of bonsais and a boutique shop. Surrounding the main pavilion is a spectacular lake with beautiful flowers and water lilies. You’ll also find Chinese lanterns and other small pavilions. The Chinese garden is one of the botanical garden’s highlight, so don’t miss it.
The Japanese garden is very peaceful and harmonious. With its many bonsais, streams, and waterfalls, it’s a beautiful garden to explore. You could spend hours admiring the big koi fish swimming. There is also the main pavilion where several exhibitions are held, and you can learn about Japanese culture.
First Nations garden
The First Nations garden highlights native knowledge and traditions. It’s a beautiful garden that feels more like a forest. Here you’ll learn how American’s first inhabitants used medicinal plants, built their homes and grew their own food.
The Alpine garden was my favorite garden of them all. It’s a “dry” garden, made of rocks, alpine, and arctic plants and flowers. You can see the famous edelweiss and numerous other species that grow in rocky environments including alpine succulents.
Flowery Brooks and Lilacs
If you’re a flower lover, you definitely need to visit Flowery Brooks and Lilacs. It’s a spectacular garden, full of stunning colors – and the smell is amazing! With its huge ponds covered in water lilies, beautiful lilacs, water streams and cute bridges, this section of the botanical garden is not to miss.
Garden of Innovations
The Garden of Innovations changes every year and showcases ornamental trees, shrubs and many different species of plants. It’s one of the most colorful areas of the botanical garden. You can find all the plants from this garden on the Quebec market.
From orchids to ferns, you’ll find a wide range of botanical species in the greenhouses. The greenhouses showcase plants and trees from different regions of the world. Here you can see cactus, begonias, palm trees, and even carnivorous plants.
The Insectarium features a large number of insects from all over the world. It’s a fantastic natural history museum where you can learn about the many insect species populating our planet. Actually, Montreal’s Insectarium is the largest insect museum in North America. Unfortunately, it is closed until 2021 for renovation works.
Tips for visiting the Botanical Garden of Montreal
Here are just a few recommendations for your visit to the Botanical Garden of Montreal:
- Keep your tickets after entering the botanical garden, you will need them if you want to visit the greenhouses.
- I definitely recommend spending at least half a day in the botanical garden. Allow 4-6 hours to fully enjoy your day out.
- To avoid waiting in line for half an hour, buy your tickets online before you go. Especially in summer.
- The botanical garden is a fantastic spot for photo ops and by far the most instagrammable place in Montreal. So, don’t forget to bring your camera.
- In winter, the garden is covered in snow, so there isn’t much to see at this time of the year. The best time to visit is between June and October when all the flowers are in bloom and the botanical garden is alive.
- There is a cafe where you can eat and drink in the botanical garden. However, I definitely recommend bringing your picnic!
- The botanical garden has a lovely souvenir shop. You can buy souvenirs from Montreal but also flowers and plants.
With its thousands of plants, trees and flowers, the botanical garden of Montreal is a natural wonderland definitely worth visiting. If you’re a nature lover, or simply looking for a spot to spend a relaxing afternoon, you should definitely consider visiting this popular Montreal sight. Don’t forget to bring your camera! Have you ever been to the botanical garden of Montreal? Let me know in the comments below!
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