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Montreal Botanical Garden / Jardin botanique de Montréal

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Canada - Quebec - Montreal

Institution Code: MTJB

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: Yes

About the Montreal Botanical Garden / Jardin botanique de Montréal

The Montréal Botanical Garden
A popular oasis in the heart of the city, the Montréal Botanical Garden is recognized as one of the world’s largest and finest. Its extensive collection of over 21,000 plant species and cultivars, 10 exhibition greenhouses, Tree House and some thirty thematic gardens make it an exceptionally beautiful attraction. Its cultural gardens invite visitors on a trip around the world, from China to Japan and the world of the First Nations. Throughout the year, there are all kinds of events, activities and exhibitions to interest and impress its thousands of visitors.

The Montréal Botanical Garden in figures:
Foundation: June 9, 1931
Area: 65 hectares
Yearly attendance: 900,000
Major activities: Butterflies Go Free (winter-spring); The Great Gardening Weekend (late May); The Magic of Lanterns (autumn); The Great Pumpkin Ball (autumn)
Most renowned collections: roses, orchids, bonsai & penjings, alpine plants, perennials, arboretum
Cultural gardens: Chinese Garden, Japanese Garden and First Nations-Garden
Other important theme gardens: Courtyard of the Senses, Rose Garden, Alpine Garden, Flowery Brook, Exhibition Gardens (perennials, annuals, vegetables)
Exhibition Greenhouses: 10
Collection size: 190,000 plants (165,000 in the gardens and 24,000 in the greenhouses)
Collection diversity: 29,000 acessions representing 21,000 taxa, 260 families, 2,300 genera and 11,300 species
Institution budget: 27,000,000 CAN$ (the institution is owned by the City of Montréal)
Employees: 225 (over 400 in summer)
Botanists: 7

The following institutions are also established at the Montréal Botanical Garden
L'Institut de recherche en biologie végétale (associated with the Biological Sciences Departement of the Université de Montréal, since 1939)
Montréal Insectarium (since 1990)
Biodiversity Centre (Université de Montréal, opening Autumn 2010)

Main Address:
Montreal Botanical Garden / Jardin botanique de Montréal
4101, rue Sherbrooke Est
Montreal
Quebec H1X 2B2 Canada

Telephone: (514) 872-1452
Fax: (514) 872-1455
URL: www2.ville.montreal.qc.ca/jardin/jardin.htm
Primary Email: jardin_botanique@ville.montreal.qc.ca

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Rene Pronovost, Director
    Curator's Name: Michel Labrecque, Curator
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Stéphane Bailleul, Botanist
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number:
    Educational Staff Number:
    Research Staff Number: 8
    Administration Staff Number:

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: State: No
    Status: Educational: No
    Status: Municipal: Yes
    Status: Satellite: No
    Status: Trust: No
  • Date founded: 1931
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 1 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 65 Hectares
  • Total Area: 66 Hectares
    Latitude: 45.55968
    Longitude: -73.56383
    Annual Rainfall: 1003 mm
    Altitude: 45.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 15000 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 24
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: Yes
    Seed Bank: Yes
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 900000
    Number of Volunteers: 100

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 29162
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 21150
  • Special Collections:Greenhouses collections (7 000 taxa), Araceae (300 spp. and 355 taxa), Begoniaceae (200 spp. and 400 taxa), Bromeliaceae (400 spp. and 500 taxa), Cactaceae and succulents (1,700 spp. and 1 800 taxa), ferns (200 spp. and 300 taxa), Gesneriaceae (200 spp.)
  • Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: No
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes
    Reintroduction Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

  • Ecology: Yes
    Ethnobotany: Yes
    Land Restoration: Yes
    Urban Environments: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: Yes
    Courses for University/College Students: No
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes