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“Does Montreal proud”

Montreal Botanical Gardens
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$87.90*
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Ranked #6 of 396 things to do in Montreal
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Along with the Biodôme, the Insectarium and the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, the Botanical Garden is part of the Montréal Space for Life, Canada's largest natural museum science complex and Montreal's top must see attraction.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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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Does Montreal proud”
Reviewed September 26, 2013

Beautiful and sensitively presented gardens. We came for Mosaiculture and stayed for hours. Could have used an extra day, but happy to see what we could. Seasonal and cultural representations of different types of plantings-some relaxing and very organic, some exhilarating and pushing boundaries. Gift shop is so-so. Restaurants and other facilities are what you'd expect. Get there early if you want to park inside the Garden's boundaries, otherwise street/lot parking or use the metro.

Visited September 2013
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Sacramento, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Disney needs to consult”
Reviewed September 26, 2013

It was interesting but the queues are ridiculously slow. It took over 40 minutes to get a ticket and then longer lines were encountered at the food stations which were poor.
There are incredible sites for a city which is likely starved for the
outdoors after the winters.

Visited September 2013
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Montreal, Canada
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“Rush for Mosaicultures, for the rest enjoy in October.”
Reviewed September 26, 2013

Yup Mosaïcultures, that has it's own page here on TA now, is ending this week-end so rush to see it if you can. Also it would be better if you buy your tickets with your smartphone, at other Espaces pour la Vie" buildings around or at some other selected places in town. Even your concierge or host at your accomodation might be helpful since it looks like 30 minutes is the average waiting time during week-ends and this is the last one!
If you are in Montréal for more than 3 days I will recommend that you visit twice since the tickets are good for two different days. Once in the morning for the Mosaïcultures and another for the rest of the gardens and the illuminations at the Chinese and Japanese gardens in the late afternoon / early evening. If you can go only once then I am torn apart to suggest that you come early or late. In fact with the other "Espaces pour la Vie" buildings around you could spend the whole day in the area and visit the Biodome and / or Planetarium beside the Garden.
There are not so many places to go for lunch and dinner around but the offers at the Garden Café have been greatly improved but are quite expensive for what they are. So a picnic for lunch should be a good solution.
If you read this after Sept 29 then the Mosaïcultures will be over but you might still enjoy the Garden in mid-afternoon and find a viewing spot in the Chinese garden before sunset for the illuminations and the admission prices will be lower then.
Some people are complaining that they see employees tending the Mosaïcultures and the rest of the park during visiting hours but just remember that the Botanical Garden (singular) includes many different gardens (plural). It is not only a showpiece garden but also a pedagocial place so then it makes sense to see some of the hard labour that this whole place entails and not only the picture perfect surface.
Tips:
-The little train is back, a new electric one in fact but it is geared more to people with mobility problems than the public at large. It is only if there are some seats available that they will admit "normal" people.
-You can walk or take the electic train to go to the northenmost part of the Garden, the Arboretum and visit the Tree House. Bear in mind though that treehouse is a bad translation, it is not a kiddie place up in the trees but an interpretation center about trees. So the real good translation should be House of Tree or Tree Pavilion.
-The Garden Café is presenting special happy hours in fair weather. Beer and wine are available at all time but are more attuned to the 5 to7 and there are some tapas that you can buy. Beware though that if the weather forecast is even slightly iffy this activity is cancelled.
-Bring a lunch or picnic if you can. Eating is not allowed everywhere in the Garden but there are designated spots for your convenience.

Visited September 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“We are serious Gardeners - Stunning!”
Reviewed September 26, 2013

We always visit any famous Gardens when we travel. This place in the frigid clime of Quebec was an eye opener. Lavish displays and remarkable special programs. While we were there was the juried festival Mosaicultures Internationales Montréal 2013. Seemingly impossible yet living structures made up of flowers, succulents and other plants...not a dead leaf or stray twig. This is a great garden that should not be missed.

Visited September 2013
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Boise, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Another must do in Montreal”
Reviewed September 25, 2013

Montreal Botanical Gardens is amazing! It is large, it is diverse, and it is wonderfully planned and tended. The 48, yes 48 Mosaicultures Internationales (topiary) are absolutely magnificent. These beautiful sculptures of plants combined with the collection of 22,000 plant species, 10 exhibition greenhouses and 30 thematic gardens spread over 75 hectares make this just a phenomenal attraction to be seen during a visit to Montreal. We were just "blown away" by the beauty of the perfectly displayed areas throughout the garden. You certainly can spend an entire day at the garden and the entry ticket we got gave us another day besides...we only wish we were not leaving tomorrow so we could explore and repeat the entirety again.

Visited September 2013
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