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Montreal Botanical Garden, Canada

Canada. March 16. UITV. The Montreal Botanical Garden is a large botanical garden in Montreal, Quebec, Canada comprising 75 hectares (190 acres) of thematic gardens and greenhouses. The botanical garden is located at 4101 Sherbrooke Street East, at the corner of Pie-IX and Sherbrooke Streets, in Maisonneuve Park, located in the borough of Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie, facing Montreal's Olympic Stadium.

The grounds were designed by Henry Teuscher, while the Art Deco style administration building was designed by architect Lucien F. Kéroack.  It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 2008 as it is considered to be one of the most important botanical gardens in the world due to the extent of its collections and facilities.

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.

 

Following are some of the rules that should be strictly followed inside the garden:

  • Drawing and painting, including watercolours, are not allowed in the greenhouses unless special authorization has been granted.
  • Children under 13 must be supervised by an adult at all times.
  • Unless special authorization has been granted by the Botanical Garden administration, no one may distribute, offer, display or sell services, items or merchandise of any kind.
  • Eating and drinking are prohibited in the greenhouses, auditorium and library.
  • Only alcoholic beverages purchased at the Garden may be consumed in the Garden restaurant, on the patio and in the Insectarium eating area. Alcohol may not be consumed anywhere else on the site.
  • Begging and solicitation are prohibited.
  • Smoking on restaurant patios and in children’s playgrounds is prohibited.
  • Aggressive behaviour will not be tolerated.

It has approximately 20,000 plant species under cultivation and maintains a herbarium consisting of nearly 100,000 reference specimens. Of the garden’s many greenhouses, 9 are for public display and 23 for service functions and research collections. Its significant collections and special gardens contain commercially important plants, medicinal herbs, alpine plants, woodland plants, ferns, bonsai, cacti and other succulents, begonias, aroids, bromeliads, gesneriads, and orchids.

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