While Montreal is Quebec’s largest city, the densely populated locale is much more than a concrete jungle. In fact, the Canadian city is home to one of the world’s most beautiful gardens, the Jardin Botanique de Montreal. Known in English as the Montreal Botanical Garden, this sprawling collection of 10 exhibition greenhouses and over 20 thematic gardens contains more than 22,000 plant species and cultivars. Visitors can walk through the various themed gardens, stop by the Frederic Back Tree House or go next door to Insectarium, all in a day’s time.
The official founding of the Montreal Botanical Garden was in 1931, made possible by the work of chief horticulturalist Henry Teuscher and botany teacher Brother Marie-Victorin. In the following two decades, the Garden welcomed the creation of both an administration building and the exhibition greenhouses. Finally, the Montreal Botanical Garden began earning the recognition it deserved in the late 1970s. Now the acres upon acres of flora and fauna are considered one of the world’s best garden collections, featuring plant life from all over the world.