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.