A Visit to the Montreal Botanical Garden
Because of time constraints, Judy and I only got to see a modest portion of what is on offer at the Montreal Botanical Garden. Its 185 acres of indoor and outdoor spaces provide rich opportunities for exploration. For this post, I want to focus on the Aquatic Garden.
The entrance area is full of planters overflowing with bright flowers and foliage.
The orange Cannas were particularly attention-grabbing.
I like the contrast of the flamboyant plants and plain metal containers, though as Judy pointed out they do look sort of like they were originally used for trash disposal.
Soon after we entered the grounds we came to the Aquatic Garden.
The design here was really clever. Sunken paths traveled between rows of concrete raised “beds”, each containing a different aquatic environment and a different plant. This gave us a close look at the various species in the collection.
Unfortunately, the water lilies were pretty much done. However, they had some interesting seed pods.
We had never seen water hyacinths (Eichornia crassipes) before; I was impressed by their beauty.
This garden has over 200 aquatic species.
There was a diverse mix of exotics and plants native to Quebec.
Cranberries! No picking allowed, though.
Plus lots of cool fountains.
More posts soon on the Montreal Botanical Garden.