A Final Post on the Montreal Botanical Garden
After experiencing the Chinese Garden, Judy and I ambled through a large area known as the Flowery Brook and Lilacs.
This has not only a brook, but also two large ponds almost covered with lily pads at the very end of August, when we were there.
There were a number of birdhouses set up around the ponds, and Adirondack chairs thoughtfully left for those who wanted to rest or just contemplate the scene.
This area is at its best in June and July, when the lilacs, peonies, and daylilies are in bloom. However, there was still plenty of color when we were there.
Occasional bridges crossed the brook that flowed through this part of the garden.
We then had a quick walk through the Alpine Garden, a kind of garden I generally don’t get too excited about. Some Cardinal Flowers (Lobelia cardinalis) did catch my eye, though.
We then strolled over to the Garden of Innovations, which highlights new species and varieties of garden plants. This is where you go if you need waking up after all that tranquil green. Personally, I loved all the bright color.
Although: “Echibeckia”? Really?
Nice grass for people who like dark foliage. I confess that I was not taking notes on names.
The Useful Plant Garden is next to the Garden of Innovations. These are mostly food plants.
It’s always a pleasure to see Sunflowers in bloom.
I’ve never seen this type of Allium before. It’s called Allium grande, which seems apt. Not sure in what ways it is useful, though it looks you could give someone a pretty good whack with it.
This garden has about 200 genera.
I’m sorry I didn’t make a note of the grass they used with this Verbena to make this stream leading to a fountain. At this point we had to move on, as we wanted to visit the Jean Talon Market before leaving the city. But there was so much at the Botanic Garden we didn’t get to see: the Arboretum, Japanese Garden, First Nations Garden, etc. I would also really like to see the Biodome and Insectarium.
We’re definitely going to have to plan another trip to Montreal.
You make the garden sound enticing even tho you didn’t like everything about it. One rarely does like everything about a garden. I like those big dark grasses but none are perennial around here. I think they make a wonderful backdrop. That little fuzzy grass is pretty with the verbena.
I don’t know about those grasses. They seem awfully gigantic to be just annuals, but who knows.
I like the pop of colour in that innovations garden. But what a nice gesture leaving Adirondack chairs by the lake!
Definitely. If we had the time we would have sat there for a while to soak up the atomosphere.
What a gorgeous place–thanks for sharing your tour.
Helps me to relive the experience.
Those first 4 photos could have been taken here in New Hampshire.
I didn’t know that they had crossed rudbeckia and echinacea to produce an echibeckia either. I think if it fails to catch on it might be due to its name.
That last shot of the salvia and grass is excellent.
They might want to work on that name.
That’s a nice planting of black-eyed Susans (?) against the green expanse in the third photo. Hope you’ll get back soon.
The Allium grande made me smile. I like funky plants. And also funky names, like Echibeckia!
They are both kind of funky in their own way.
This looks like a place that would beckon for many repeat visits.
Yes, I agree.
Is the verbena making the “stream” amid the grass sort of reminiscent of something similar in the Lurie Garden but on a smaller scale? Lovely idea, anyway. What a variety of gardens and what innovative names. Definitely somewhere to put on the “to visit” list. Thanks for the tour.
Yes! The Lurie Garden’s River of Salvia.https://gardeninacity.wordpress.com/2014/06/19/judy-and-her-new-camera-at-lurie-garden/
This looks like a great combination of structured and loose park-like casual plantings. I like it!!
You would enjoy it. Maybe we can recruit some Montreal garden bloggers to organize a fling. Are there any Montreal garden bloggers?
I adore the flowery brook in late July and early August when it is full of big swaths of daylilies. Your posts have made me realize that it’s been eight years since I was last in Montreal. Time to plan a return trip!
Not a bad idea. I’d love to go in June.
It sounds as though there’s far too much to see in one go. You’ll have to go again!
Looks like a great place, thanks for sharing the pics and impressions. Just read about Echibeckia recently and thought it’s quite a successful cross.
I’ll have to check it out!
I especially like the last image with the simple “river”. That is very creative design.
Beautiful gardens, and I love the Adirondack chairs. 🙂
Me too! We have some plastic ones but they’re not the same.
It looks a wonderful place and your ‘To do’ list sound interesting too. I like the Echibeckia (but not the name), just the kind of colour you need at this time of year. They were advertising ‘Summerina’ in the autumn catalogues here.
‘Summerina’ sounds better than ‘Echibeckia’. I had no idea this plant was already being marketed.
Wonderful photos! I felt as though I were walking along with you and Judy.
Glad you enjoyed them.
Loved that last shot and the allium is unusual but I love the look.
I thought the stream leading to the fountain was very creative.