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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Amazing!

Bravo, Montreal Botanical Garden!
This was my first reaction when I saw
the wonderful images of its green sculptures.


This Botanical Garden ( Jardin botanique de Montréal) in Montreal, Quebec, Canada is comprising 185 acres
(75 hectares) of thematic gardens (about thirty of them!) and 10 exhibition greenhouses.
Some of its gardens are: The Chinese Garden (the largest Chinese garden in the world outside China!), The Japanese Garden,
The First Nations Garden which is populated with Canadian plants, The Alpine Garden.



There are also the poisonous plants garden (which has samples of various poisonous plants along with information on the effects of various doses), the economic plants exhibit, the flowery brook, and an arboretum.
The greenhouse complex is full of plants from around the world.

The Garden boasts more than 22,000 different varieties of plants!



The garden was founded in 1931, in the height of the Great Depression, after years of campaigning by Brother Marie-Victorin.
Many of Montreal’s jobless citizens were hired to plant and build the garden. The grounds were designed by
renowned horticulturist Henry Teuscher.

The mission of Teuscher and Brother Marie was to “conserve, develop and present to the public living plant collections, pursue research activities, and educate Montreal citizens and all visitors in botany and horticulture.”


Montreal Botanical Garden serves to educate the public in general and students of horticulture in particular, as well as to conserve endangered plant species.

I think these garden sculptures are amazing!





Hello, cutie!















This is one of my favorites:


I'd love to visit this garden!
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My friend sent these amazing pictures to me, I researched the net and found their possible source
http://www.slideshare.net/Roelof/montreal-gardens.
To learn more about the Garden, visit: http://www2.ville.montreal.qc.ca/jardin/en/menu.htm
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42 comments:

  1. OH. My. Heck. These are works of art! I can't believe how much effort they went to. Thanks for sharing. I like the owl best!
    Rosey

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  2. Those are Grand Gardens.
    Love the Cat ...

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  3. Oh Tatyana, I have never saw anything so wonderful.It is all so amazing. I would love to see them in person. What a wonderful thing to do and add beauty. The ones in the water are the best. Need a boat or raft to trim those things ;-) Or maybe just some tall waders.

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  4. Now that looks like a fun day.I have been a past and through it but never stopped to look or been to their festival. Some of my male relatives are carpenters and worked on finishing the inside of the basket building. It is such a cool building.

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  5. I love the steaming cups of tea. What a beautiful garden! Certainly worthy of a visit!

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  6. Really wonderful. I love the dragon.

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  7. Huh....., at 185 acres, it will take days to cover everything displayed..... they really stretch creativity to the limit with beautiful display of plants and flowers... great pictures. ~bangchik

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  8. Stunning– fun to recognize favorite plants as kitty fur. What fun.

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  9. Tatyana,

    WoW! All I can say is we have to visit this garden! Thanks for giving us such a wonderful tour.

    Cheers,

    Randy and Meg

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  10. You're right, that is amazing! I've never seen topiary like that. The figures have so much expression and personality.

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  11. These are the most remarkable living sculptures I've ever seen!

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  12. Astounding photos, thanks for sharing. My faves are the birds and the giant green man. I'm just glad I don't have to trim them!

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  13. Wow! Those are amazing. Love your post!

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  14. That is the definition of dedication!

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  15. Just love the botanical gardens around the world - as you will see from my posts - have visited two recently here in the UK and loved them!

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  16. I've never seen anything like it! It's like botanical gardens, topiary and Disney all in one place! Love it! I've never been to Montreal, but if I ever go, I shall definitely go to the gardens.

    Cameron

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  17. This garden must now go on my 'must see' list of places to visit before I am done on this earth! Fun sculptures and the grounds look beautiful!

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  18. Wow they really are amazing!

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  19. Amazing hardly describes it adequately! I've never seen anything like it. Spectacular!

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  20. Amazing is definitely the word I would use too. I'd love to see it all in person. I had no idea they had such beautiful gardens there.

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  21. Hi Tatyana, I am so pleased to be back visiting your blog. Wonderful wonderful sculptures, my favourite is the cat. I think it's amazing the way the garden manages to combine plant diversity with such aesthetically satisfying - and entertaining - design.

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  22. I´m lost of words!!!!
    WOW!!!!!!
    And A DRAGON!!!!
    WOW!!!!!!
    Linda

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  23. Таня, не передать словами, как меня всё восхитило и продолжает восхищать, захватывает дух; и просто уму не постижимо, как такое можно задумать и создать. Благодарю тебя за эту Страничку! Увиденное столько мыслей о смысле жизни породило и устремлений...

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  24. Those topiaries are amazing. I just sent the link to a friend who is going there soon. I lived there for 5 years in the 70s, and was a keen gardener, but never went to the gardens. Now you couldn't keep me away from any garden visit that was open to the public.

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  25. I need that cat! Could you imagine Bootsie when he sees that?

    What a amazing garden, your friend got great shots.

    One day, I hope to visit this garden.

    Jen

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  26. WOW! Words seems superfluous!

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  27. Tatyana hi

    Well they are really amazing. I'm not sure I'd want them in my garden mind. But they look good there.

    You asked about GM maize on my other blog. All I can say is that Sarkozy banned the growing of a variety of GM maize developed by Monsanto. The variety was MON 810 and French scientists voiced 'doubts' about it.

    I hope all is well with you and your garden.

    Rob

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  28. That is seriously impressive, and a sight I'd definitely like to see in person. I've been thinking about doing a topiary-type sculpture in the shape of an animal, using perhaps fig ivy, and suddenly I feel a little intimidated about how it might turn out!

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  29. Those are some fantastic topiaries! I got an email last week with many of the same pictures. I wonder how many hours it must take to accomplish one of those sculptures.

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  30. These garden sculptures are amazing! I'm still trying to figure out how they did that with the dolphins jumping out of the water. This garden would definitely be worth a visit!

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  31. Wow, those sculptues are amazing - I LOVE the flying ducks .......how on earth do they keep them trimmed?

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  32. The topiaries are very beautiful and they look so real. I guess the Botanical Gardens is the most beautiful garden for any country.

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  33. Wow, thanks for sharing the pictures, I love the dragon!

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  34. Can you take another WOW! They are fantastic...thank you for sharing them~ gail

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  35. I visited the Montreal Botanical Gardens on my last trip there, and likely still have photos of it. Maybe...

    The Chinese Gardens to me were the highlight. With incredible attention to detail and landscaping they were visually stunning. The Japanese garden was serene, but lacked the austere beauty that some other gardens have. The Native gardens were underrepresented in my opinion. There was nothing but a teepee, some totem-pole like things and very few native plants, lacking cohesion and depth.

    They also have a huge edible garden portion - with all sorts of fruits/veggies/berries that I'm sure are awesome in the summer, and also some amazing mushrooms growing in the mini-forest. Overall it was very cool, but not consistently well done.

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  36. Amazing garden sculptures.

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  37. These are some of the best works of "art" I've ever seen! Truly! They're stunning!
    Brenda

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  38. Those are incredible, Tatyana! The owl and ducks and well all of them are mind boggling. I had no idea about this garden. We sometimes travel to Canada too. It looks like this needs to be added to the must see list. :-)
    Frances

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  39. These are fantastic photos! I'm going to have to put Montreal on my list.

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  40. I could never have imagined that something this magnificent exists on our planet. It is out of World. I have this nagging feeling that my life wouldn't be worth living till I can visit this garden first hand!

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  41. Oh. My. Gosh! This is absolutely incredibly. What an incredible place. It would certainly be a must see in my lifetime. Thanks for sharing.

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  42. I'd have to agree, simply amazing. I'd love to see it too!

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