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May 20, 2013

Find inspiration at Great Gardening Weekend

Montreal Botanical Garden presents weekend of green ideas

MONTREAL — The seasonal garden party at the Montreal Botanical Garden is in full bloom.


Need some gardening-season inspiration? The green ideas start here.

The Montreal Botanical Garden presents the 16th edition of its Great Gardening Weekend Friday, May 24, through Sunday, May 26. This year’s theme is “Setting up Your Gardening Area.”

The weekend features talks with horticulturists and growers; garden-inspired workshops; sales of unique plants and one-of-a-kind gardening supplies; and tips on organic gardening, floral arranging and food-producing horticulture. In all, more than 100 growers, craftspeople and horticultural experts will be on hand. While most lectures and workshops are held in French, many exhibitors are bilingual and can answer a variety of gardening questions. Topics cover advice for vegetables and roses, pruning- and training-technique demonstrations, and bonsai care and cultivation.

A number of the botanical garden’s partner organizations will also be on hand to share their love, passion and expertise for specific plant species such as lilacs, orchids, gladiolus, dahlias, hostas, daylilies, bonsai, roses and alpine plants.


The Botanical Garden also hosts one of Montreal’s major summer events.

Making its return is International Mosaicultures, a collection of 50 outdoor large-format living sculptures that each use hundreds of colorful plants to create shape, color and texture. The horticultural artists hail from 25 countries.

The event, last seen in Old Montreal a decade ago, is a natural to be hosted at the Botanical Garden. The sculptures will adorn a pathway that’s about 1.3 miles long. The event is held Saturday, June 22, through Saturday, Sept. 29. 


While there’s definitely a lot of ground to cover at the Botanical Garden, a free garden tour led by volunteer guides can make the experience more manageable and insightful.

The official daily tour season began last week and continues through Thursday, Oct. 31, with tours departing at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The tour lasts from 90 minutes to two hours; wear a comfortable pair of walking shoes.

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