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“Went back the next day!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Montreal Botanical Gardens

Montreal Botanical Gardens
4101 Sherbrooke St. E | (Near Viau), Montreal, Quebec H1X 2B2, Canada (Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie)
+1 514-872-1400
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Ranked #4 of 324 things to do in Montreal
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Montreal Botanical Garden, one of the city's jewels, is recognized as one of the world's greatest botanical gardens. It offers a colourful program of events, exhibitions and activities all year long.With its collection of 22,000 plant species and cultivars, 10 exhibition greenhouses, Frederic Back Tree House, and more than 20 thematic gardens spread out over 75 hectares, it's also a perfect place to enjoy fresh air and natural beauty. Located just minutes from downtown Montreal, right near the Biodome and Olympic Park, the Montreal Botanical Garden is a living museum of plants from all over the world. You can also enjoy the Insectarium which is on the Garden's site. Have a great visit!
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“Went back the next day!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2006

I visited in early May and the gardens were not formally opened at this time; however, the tulips were in bloom and many of the flowering trees and shrubs were in full bloom as well. The 1st day I visited parked across the street (ample parking) at the Olympic center. Visited early morning and walked across the street. Some work was in progress at entrance. Asked about entrance fee and was told not open yet and to go ahead on in if I wanted to. Spent 1/2 day walking around. The Chinese and Japanese gardens were glorious - azaleas, flowering trees, etc., were just blooming - lots of photo ops even though not ready for prime time. Other theme gardens were getting prepped by employees, but many photo ops. Got caught in the rain and had to leave, but returned next day and toured the rest of the gardens including the arboretum. Very big, lots of places to stop and rest and just soak it all in. Wonderful energy from employees and very relaxing atmosphere - the ponds and small lagoons all had places to sit and enjoy both flora and fauna. The tulip displays throughout the gardens were magnificent, and I was fortunate to be there just as they had peaked. Although I didn't have to pay to get in, I would gladly have paid the entrance fee even if it wasn't yet ready. If you like botanical gardens, don't miss this one.

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“Relaxing fragrant environment”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2005

Best day out in Montreal - so much to see and do. We loved the Japanese Tea Party and Japanese Gardens.
The exhibition greenhouses were fascinating and extensive.
Loved the Flower Power car.

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“Great Attraction”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2005

The gardens are so big and yet they are so well mantained. The gardens have such a wide variety of plants and flowers that there is even a small tram to take you to different parts of the gardens. The Chinese and Japanese gardens are the two gardens not to be missed. The Chinese garden has a big lake and pagodas, while the Japanese garden had a great collection of bonsais. also on the premicise of the gardens is the insectarium. These gardens are not to be missed.

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“Great day trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2005

You will get great exercise in what is really a huge park in which the whole area has been turned into a garden. The insectarium is great for kids. On the whole it is one of the better options of things to do in Montreal.

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“Beauty Beyond Compare”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2005

I have been a volunteer at the Denver Botanic Gardens for over 20 years, so have a feeling about what makes a great garden. The Montreal Botanic Gardens exceeded my every expectation. There are 30 different gardens of all kinds. The Chinese and Japanese gardens are the largest outside of their own countries. The Rose garden has over 10,000 roses of all sizes, shapes and colors. The Courtyard of the Senses allows visitors to discover a garden with senses different than sight with plants to smell, touch, hear and taste.

I especially enjoyed one of their special exhibits, Flower Power because it showed a great sense of humor. From their brochure: "We invite you to rediscover the power of flowers, in a setting reminiscent of an era when flowers were popping up everywhere, along with "Peace and Love" and "Flower Power" slogans." Check out the picture of me in front of the VW Bug covered in ivy.

A creepy but interesting sort of place in the Gardens is the Insectarium which holds 160,000 insects and arthropods-both alive and preserved. I'm personally not fond of bugs in large numbers so I didn't stay very long. Attached to it is a magical Butterfly House, where visitors can wander among hundreds of free-flying butterflies in a garden of nectar-producing flowers. I read about how the Insectarium has hosted insect tasting evenings on weekends in November, when whole menus of unusual-to put it mildly!-treats are cooked up from insects and served to Montréal's adventurous public!

There is even a mini train that will take you around the grounds so you can get an idea of how things are laid out and which gardens you want to visit.

When you visit Montreal take at least half a day to explore this wonderful piece of nature. It will soothe your senses after days spent exploring the rest of the city.

Jardin Botanique (Botanical Gardens) 4101, rue Shebrooke est, at parc Maissoneuve, Montréal, QC · ----------

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