Yes I must admit that my first perceptions about the Mosaicultures were wrong. I started a thread about that in late spring and I was mostly complaining about the steep increase in the admission price for the Botanical Garden and almost all of the replies agreed.
Then after some complains came the news that the Montréal citizens who have an Accès card will not be admitted freely on the ground like in previous times but would just have to pay an extra on their card to get unlimited admission. Then the City Council voted a resolution extending the admission ticket overs two days. Bad omen.
Well finally I was wrong and reviews about the Botanical Garden have been great even if some visitors really did find it too expensive and found the tickets line ups overly long. Lately a separate entry for Mosaicultures was added on TA and it gets even better reviews.
Finally I had the chance of visiting this week and I found it the ideal time. Many of the Mosaicultures are majestic and fully grown right now and you have the added attraction of the Chinese Lantern Festival which, since last year, is not only the lanterns at the Chinese Garden but also subtle illuminations of trees, rocks and architectural details next door at the Japanese Garden with some eerie changing lighting in the pinewood with sound effects and music.
So do go by mid-afternoon and visit the Mosaicultures and other parts of the Garden, have dinner at the café (much improved from previous years) and then head to the Chinese Garden before sunset and finally proceed to the Japanese Garden to cap off your day.
So all in all $ 30 well spent over 5 hours and you can return for a second day which I would suggest for residents or people visiting Montréal for four days minimum and while in the area visit other «Espaces pour la Vie» attractions that can be lumped in different combos.
Reviews will be written and posted in the Things to Do section for Mtl but I wanted to write this on the forum to apologize to the people that might have avoided this attraction due to my previous post about it and also to tell you to rush to see it since there are only two weeks left. Afterward you will still be able to enjoy the illuminations until Nov 3 and possibly see some of the mosaicultures being dismantled and prices will return to the normal structure
If you cannot use the second day you can give the tickets to other people you know, fellow tourists or simply leave them at the concierge or front desk of your hotel. Just keep in mind that this ticket cannot be used the same day as the first admission.