A Final Post on the Montreal Botanical Garden

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After experiencing the Chinese Garden, Judy and I ambled through a large area known as the Flowery Brook and Lilacs.

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This has not only a brook, but also two large ponds almost covered with lily pads at the very end of August, when we were there.

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There were a number of birdhouses set up around the ponds, and Adirondack chairs thoughtfully left for those who wanted to rest or just contemplate the scene.

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This area is at its best in June and July, when the lilacs, peonies, and daylilies are in bloom. However, there was still plenty of color when we were there.

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Occasional bridges crossed the brook that flowed through this part of the garden.

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We then had a quick walk through the Alpine Garden, a kind of garden I generally don’t get too excited about. Some Cardinal Flowers (Lobelia cardinalis) did catch my eye, though.

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We then strolled over to the Garden of Innovations, which highlights new species and varieties of garden plants. This is where you go if you need waking up after all that tranquil green. Personally, I loved all the bright color.

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Although: “Echibeckia”? Really?

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Nice grass for people who like dark foliage. I confess that I was not taking notes on names.

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The Useful Plant Garden is next to the Garden of Innovations. These are mostly food plants.

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It’s always a pleasure to see Sunflowers in bloom.

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I’ve never seen this type of Allium before. It’s called Allium grande, which seems apt. Not sure in what ways it is useful, though it looks you could give someone a pretty good whack with it.

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This garden has about 200 genera.

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I’m sorry I didn’t make a note of the grass they used with this Verbena to make this stream leading to a fountain. At this point we had to move on, as we wanted to visit the Jean Talon Market before leaving the city. But there was so much at the Botanic Garden we didn’t get to see: the Arboretum, Japanese Garden, First Nations Garden, etc. I would also really like to see the Biodome and Insectarium.

We’re definitely going to have to plan another trip to Montreal.

33 Comments on “A Final Post on the Montreal Botanical Garden

  1. You make the garden sound enticing even tho you didn’t like everything about it. One rarely does like everything about a garden. I like those big dark grasses but none are perennial around here. I think they make a wonderful backdrop. That little fuzzy grass is pretty with the verbena.

  2. Those first 4 photos could have been taken here in New Hampshire.
    I didn’t know that they had crossed rudbeckia and echinacea to produce an echibeckia either. I think if it fails to catch on it might be due to its name.
    That last shot of the salvia and grass is excellent.

  3. That’s a nice planting of black-eyed Susans (?) against the green expanse in the third photo. Hope you’ll get back soon.

  4. The Allium grande made me smile. I like funky plants. And also funky names, like Echibeckia!

  5. Is the verbena making the “stream” amid the grass sort of reminiscent of something similar in the Lurie Garden but on a smaller scale? Lovely idea, anyway. What a variety of gardens and what innovative names. Definitely somewhere to put on the “to visit” list. Thanks for the tour.

  6. I adore the flowery brook in late July and early August when it is full of big swaths of daylilies. Your posts have made me realize that it’s been eight years since I was last in Montreal. Time to plan a return trip!

  7. Looks like a great place, thanks for sharing the pics and impressions. Just read about Echibeckia recently and thought it’s quite a successful cross.

  8. It looks a wonderful place and your ‘To do’ list sound interesting too. I like the Echibeckia (but not the name), just the kind of colour you need at this time of year. They were advertising ‘Summerina’ in the autumn catalogues here.

  9. Wonderful photos! I felt as though I were walking along with you and Judy.

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