Right at the foot of the Olympic Stadium, in the east end of the city, the Botanical Gardens is part of the Espace pour la vie network, which includes the Biodôme, the Insectarium and the Planetarium – all amazing spaces for family outings. Surrounded by the vast Parc Maisonneuve (which itself is crisscrossed with walking and biking trails), the Botanical Gardens offers sprawling outdoor gardens organized according to themes like Japanese Garden, Perennial Garden, Shrub Garden and First Nations Garden. Of particular interest educationally are the Toxic Plant Garden and the Tropical Fruit Garden – kids love both. In addition to special events organized year-round, like the stunning Chinese lantern festival that takes over the Chinese Garden every fall, there are miles and miles of greenhouses enabling winter fun for those who shy away from the cold.
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Step around the corner and be greeted by a giant sculpture of a horse - made literally from the earth - galloping across a field. Capture the multi-coloured wings of a butterfly fluttering with the wind or learn about the most dangerous plants in the world. These larger-than-life sculptures and immaculately landscaped gardens are part of a summer event in Montreal.
The Montreal Botanical Gardens has been running “Mosaiculture” for 13-years. Over 200 horticultural artists from around the world compete - marrying art and engineering into plants. It really is a magical garden that incorporates poetic beauty and innovative convention, like no other. This is a must-see. Tickets to visit the garden cost around $30 dollars and allow you entry twice.