Montréal Botanical Garden
Tourism Region: Montreal
With its collection of 22,000 plant species and cultivars, 10 exhibition greenhouses, some thirty thematic gardens, and teams of researchers and activities staff, the Montréal Botanical Garden ranks as one of the world's largest and most spectacular botanical gardens.
About the Collections
The collections of the Montréal Botanical Garden were started in 1936, under the direction of Henry Teuscher, the Garden's first curator, and have now reached the respectable figure of more than 22,000 taxa.
Of these, 11,000 species give the one million visitors to the Garden every year a glimpse of the amazing variety of plants on Earth.
The other 10,000 taxa include many hybrids and horticultural selections, and testify to the impressive adaptability of the plant kingdom.
Plants: indigenous, economic, medicinal, perennials, annuals, tropicals; trees; orchids; cacti; bromeliads; begonias; gesneriads; ferns; bonsai; penjing
Approximate number of objects in the collections: 22 000 espèces et cultivars de plantes
Curators' archives and original drawings of the gardens.
Plants and Animals (Biological Collections)
Botany : Vascular Plants : Non-Flowering Plants : Seed Plants
Services & Activities
Research (with IRBV of Universite de Montreal); educational activities; guided tours ; affiliated societies (Friends of the Garden and others); library and slide library; permanent and temporary exhibits; First Nations Garden; Japanese Garden and Pavilion; Chinese Garden; Tree House; affiliated professional school of horticulture
The scientific aspects of the Garden's work are overseen by the Scientific Research and Development Division, which is responsible for managing the plant collections, directing research activities and managing the library and media library, two important reference centres.
Other: Partnership with Université de Montréal (IRBV)
The Montréal Botanical Garden offers a wide range of educational activities related to botany, horticulture and the natural sciences for school groups and the general public. In different seasons and in the various parts of the Garden, there are also thematic exhibitions and special events, some of them spotlighting Asian cultures in the Chinese and Japanese gardens, and others introducing visitors to trees and forests at the Tree House.
School groups can enjoy a broad-ranging educational program, including the thematic visits to the greenhouses and specially designed educational activities for every grade.
There are special activities for young people during summer, as well, with the Youth Gardens and Day Camp.
The Natural Science Activities and Programs Division, which is responsible for educational activities, also offers a horticultural information service and organizes horticultural workshops and a series of evening lectures entitled Moonlit Nights at the Botanical Garden. In cooperation with the Friends of the Garden, it also arranges guided tours for groups.
Classes or Workshops
: Age 0-4 (Pre-School)
: Age 5-11 (k-6)
: Age 12-17 (7-13)(Quebec: Secondary 1-CEGEP)
Open all year round, the Montréal Botanical Garden is the place to visit in any season.
Accessible by Public Transportation
Meeting Room Rental
Nature Trails, Walks or Gardens
Special Needs Facilities
: Wheelchairs available
: Wheelchair access
Children's Activities or Services
: Strollers Available
: Nursing area or Change Table
Other Guided Tours: Japanese Garden ; First-Nations Gardens;Chinese Garden
Make a stop at the 66-seat restaurant or at the counter at the Fuji Pavilion, open during the summer. You will find there cold beverages and light meals, including salads.
The Milk Bar next to the administration building offers a cold break during the summer.
Take advantage during the summer of the very nice 216-seat terrace with its magnificent view on the North side of the Perennial Garden and on the South side of the Peace Garden.
Opening hours: see our Website
Automatic vending machines (installed in the entrance hall of the restaurant) are available for hot and cold beverages and for snacks.
Snack Bar or Vending Machines •
Picnic Area •
Reception Facilities •
Publications and Products
The Montreal Botanical Garden offers t its visitors many brochures and pamphlets.
Posters publicize the many events in the program.
Pedagogical guides and educational tools are available upon request.
The beautiful French-written Quatre-temps is a quarterly magazine published by the Friends of the Garden.
Educational kits •
Museum Guide •
T-Shirts or Sweatshirts or Caps
© Montréal Botanical Garden
Map of the Montréal Botanical Garden
© Montréal Botanical Garden
The Entrance Courtyard of the Chinese Garden of the Montreal Botanical Garden
© P. Perrault for the Montreal Botanical Garden
4101 Sherbrooke East
Hours of Operation
Distinction between high and low season.
Open: Consult our schedule on our website
December 24 & 25
The Botanical Garden and the Insectarium are located on the same site. The entrance fees include both attractions. Entrance fees vary for high and low seson. During the summer (high season), included in the entrance fee, is an animated mini-train which runs through the site.
A special rate is proposed to groups. Groups must be composed of at least 15 people older than 5 years old. One complimentary ticket for each group of 26 paying visitors.
The Botanical Garden is accessible to visitors in wheelchairs. The person accompanying the handicapped person receives free admission to the site.
Admission prices are in Canadian dollars, all taxes included. Free for children under 2.
Discounts are given to Accès Montréal card-holders.
Please check how these discounts may apply at special events.