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“Excellent gardens - must go back”

Montreal Botanical Gardens
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US$91.35*
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Ranked #17 of 432 things to do in Montreal
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Along with the Biodome (closed for renovations until summer 2019) , the Insectarium and the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, the Botanical Garden is part of the Montreal Space for Life, Canada's largest natural museum science complex and Montreal's top must see attraction.The Montreal Botanical Garden, one of the city's jewels, is recognized as one of the world's greatest botanical gardens. It offers a colourful program of events, exhibitions and activities all year long.With its collection of 22,000 plant species and cultivars, 10 exhibition greenhouses, Frederic Back Tree House, and more than 20 thematic gardens spread out over 75 hectares, it's also a perfect place to enjoy fresh air and natural beauty. Located just minutes from downtown Montreal, right near the Biodome and Olympic Park, the Montreal Botanical Garden is a living museum of plants from all over the world. You can also enjoy the Insectarium which is on the Garden's site. Have a great visit!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 16 September 2013

Despite only living 2 hours away this was my first visit to the Gardens. I went primarily to see the Mosaicultures. The addition of Garden of Lights led to me spending the weekend in the area and enjoying the Gardens over two days. One does need either a very full day or two days if there are special events going on. Weekends seem crowded even at day's opening. Lots of families attend early in the day and for evening events.
As I walked the main gardens I could see how one needs to come at least every season if not every month. The plans have been well developed to create pockets of intense interest for certain seasons, and continued interest in others. The Indigenous Garden attracted several bird species so if you are a birder, bring small binocs.
The garden map is a bit simplified making getting around a little difficult. The planted beds area is very extensive and requires some back and forth or several rotations. I never got into the main arboretum area in the top half of the Gardens.
If viewing early, restaurants don't open until 11am, so either bring snacks/coffee with you or expect machine coffee only.
Even without special events, the gardens and included buildings/greenhouses/displays are fantastic. I did actually visit the greenhouses one December and they were even nicer then in contrast to the snow outside.

Thank Quiltingmamma
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Reviewed 16 September 2013

Here we saw lots of Chinese plants, the largest garden outside China! Also the Magic of the Lanterns are displayed at the garden...beautiful!! You also get to see other species of plants & gardens.

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Reviewed 15 September 2013

We have been to the Botanical Gardens before and it is always an incredibly interesting and relaxing place. This visit, however included the tour of the MosaicCulture exhibition. These artistic plant covered sculptures, some up to 3 stories tall were both breathtaking and magical. My words won't do the exhibit justice so all I can say is "Get up there before 9/30/13, or you'll have to wait another 10 years".

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Reviewed 15 September 2013

The price is a little steep and it seems to vary based on their special exhibits (definitely check their website for ticket prices). Right now there are two different special exhibits going on which were both pretty spectacular. The Mosaicultures - horticultural sculptures made in grand scale, and the Chinese Lantern Festival which is best seen at night. We arrived late - 7:00, and we were actually expecting the whole Gardens to be open (since the website advertises 9-9), and consequently were a bit disappointed when half the Gardens were already closed. However, we made the best of it and enjoyed the Chinese Lanterns as well as the Mosaicultures that were in the open area. Our tickets were technically also good the next day, but we did not have time to go back. If you go, make sure you give yourself time to see everything!

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Reviewed 15 September 2013

The mosaic culture exhibition was on and was out of this world. We spent all day here and were just bowled over at the whole thing.we used the Metro together there which was quick and efficient. absolutely fantastic! Well done Botanical Gardens!

Thank EnglandRuddles
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