What Is It? This 185-acre oasis sits in the heart of Montreal and showcases over 22,000 plant species and cultivars, as well as a planetarium, biodome, an insectarium, themed greenhouses and gardens, including the popular Chinese Garden.
Why Do It? A place of harmony and contrast, it illustrates the age-old principles of the Chinese art of landscape design, with the architecture, water and plant and mineral selections all expressions of the dominant design principles of yin and yang. Its harmony is based on plants, water, stones and architecture, presenting itself as a sort of three-dimensional painting.
Good to Know: The First Nations Garden was created in honor of the First Nations people, allowing visitors to rediscover the culture of America’s first inhabitants, while the Alpine Garden takes visitors on a tour of the botanical world from the Rockies to the Himalayas, and from the Alps to the Arctic tundra. Visiting this botanical garden, you’ll quickly understand why it calls the experience “a trip around the world.”