The Montreal Botanical Garden is famous for its beautiful flowers and gardens, and for the Insectarium, an insect museum at the garden. If you love flowers and plants, it is a great place. It is near the Olympic Stadium and Biodome.
The Botanical Garden started in 1931, and it has grown into a huge park full of wonderful plants from all over the world. Some of the favourite gardens are the Chinese Garden, the Japanese Garden and the Rose Garden. It would take hours or even days to see all the gardens, especially in spring and summer. There are also large greenhouses that hold many tropical flowers and plants.
Every season, there are special events at the Botanical Garden. In the fall, there is always a magical, beautiful display of Chinese silk lanterns in the Chinese garden. It is best to see at night. In October, there is a display of interesting decorated pumpkins. In the spring, 10,000 butterflies are set free in the greenhouses, and you can see beautiful butterflies from all over the world.
The Insectarium is an insect museum inside the garden. It has a big collection of interesting and strange insects from all over the world. There is a lot to see and learn. Sometimes, they have a special event where you can try to eat cooked insects! Some people say they are delicious!
The Botanical Garden and the Insectarium are open 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, from November to March, but they are open till 9:00 in the summer and until Halloween. They are closed on Mondays from the fall to the spring. It costs $12.50 in the summer for international students, and $10.50 for the rest of the year. Students who live in Quebec pay $10.50 in summer and $9 in the fall and spring.
4101 Sherbrooke East, Metro Pie-IX Tel: 514-872-1400