The Jardin botanique de Montréal or Montreal Botanical Garden is a large botanical garden in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. With its size of 185 acres (748,668 square meters), it is second only to Kew Gardens, London.
The botanical gardens are located at 4101 Sherbrooke East ( 45°33′26.00″N, 73°33′24.50″W), at the corner of Pie-IX and Sherbrooke Streets. They occupy a large park near Montreal's Olympic Stadium. They contain a greenhouse complex full of plants from around the world, and a number of large outdoor gardens, each with a specific theme. The greenhouses are open to visitors year round, but the outdoor gardens are bare and covered with snow from about November until about April.
The garden was founded in 1931, in the height of the Great Depression, by mayor Camillien Houde, after years of campaigning by Brother Marie-Victorin. It serves to educate the public in general and students of horticulture in particular, it serves to conserve endangered plant species, and it is used for botanical research.
While it charges admission, city residents can obtain a pass granting
free admission to the outdoor gardens, so many people visit regularly,
even if only to sit under the trees. The outdoor areas are also free
to everyone between 5 p.m. and nightfall. Many weddings are performed
in the gardens every year. The nearest metro station is Pie-IX, which
is located on the corner of the Olympic Stadium.
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