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May 20, 2013

Find inspiration at Great Gardening Weekend

Montreal Botanical Garden presents weekend of green ideas

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Stops along the way include any number of the Botanical Garden’s signature outdoor-garden spaces. There are 30 thematic gardens in all, including the Garden of Innovations, an outdoor space that highlights the latest annuals, perennials, ornamental trees and shrubs, and ground coverings available on the home and gardening market.

In addition, the First Nations Garden offers a contemporary take on an ages-old gardening sentiment and is one of the more popular summer visits. The space offers a look at hardwood and conifer forests; an actual indigenous longhouse; and the “Three Sisters” dietary staple of squash, beans and corn. The ongoing “Knowledge and Know-How” series offers woodworking examples and arts and crafts demonstrations throughout the year.

EXHIBITIONS

The Tree House, an indoor-exhibition space devoted to trees, features “Romans des Bois,” an exhibition of 30 unique wood sculptures created by artist Alain Stanke. It’s presented through Thursday, Oct. 31. 

The Chlorophyll Room in the main greenhouses offers “Your Garden,” a look at the 80-year history of the Montreal Botanical Garden. It continues through the end of the year.

BLOOMS OF THE WEEK

Check out the Botanical Garden’s website for its “Blooms of the Week” calendar. Currently on the late May springtime docket: magnolias in the Japanese Garden, spring flowering bulbs in the Alpine Garden, and primroses and rhododendrons in the Leslie Hancock Garden.

Steven Howell is the author of Montreal Essential Guide, a Sutro Media iPhone travel app available at iTunes.com.

IF YOU GO WHAT: The Montreal Botanical Garden. WHERE: 4101 Sherbrooke St. E. (Metro station Pie-IX), Montreal. HOURS: Great Gardening Weekend hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Summer hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. ADMISSION: Non-Montreal resident adult admission costs $18.75. International Mosaiccultures adult admission costs $29.50. Discounts are available for students, seniors, youths and families. CONTACT: Call (514) 872-1400, or visit www.espacepourlavie.ca.

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