May 14, 2013 - Montréal is home to an exquisite array of gardens, noteworthy for their beauty as well as for the multitude of species and varieties of trees, plants and flowers they showcase. From world-renowned gardens to hidden gems, the city blooms with horticultural artistry - over 120 parks or squares can be found in downtown alone!
The Montréal Botanical Garden
One of the largest and most spectacular botanical gardens in the world, the Montréal Botanical Garden features 22,000 plant species and cultivars, 10 exhibition greenhouses, and over 30 thematic gardens. It showcases four seasons of botanical beauty and diversity, making it a vital component of the urban landscape and a fabulous place to admire flora and fauna.
The Floralies Gardens
With tens of thousands of annuals and an impressive showcase of perennials, trees and shrubs, including some rare species, the Floralies Gardens in the Parc Jean Drapeau is truly magnificent. The Garden also showcases numerous art monuments scattered throughout its 25-acres of pathways.
There are many hidden horticultural gems to unearth in Montréal, such as the garden of Saint Joseph’s Oratory with a breathtaking panorama of the city and verdant walkways. The Maison Saint-Gabriel, one of the city’s oldest farmhouses, features vegetable and herb gardens alongside fruit trees and rows of flowers. The Governor’s Garden at the Château Ramezay, typical of 18th-century nobility, is also beautiful.
A wonderful place for a stroll, the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts Sculpture Garden features 22 sculptures, comprising one of the city’s most impressive groups of public art. Likewise, the Musée plein air de Lachine is among the largest open air museums in Canada with over 50 monumental sculptures.