Gardens of Light


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September 6 to October 31, 2019
Sunday to Thursday,
until 9 p.m.

Fridays, Saturdays
and Sunday October 13,
until 10 p.m.
6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
4101, rue Sherbrooke Est
Montréal, QC Canada
H1X 2B2

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This autumn event sets all aglow three cultural gardens at the Jardin botanique: Gardens Of Light.

Much more than an illuminated path, fall's starred event is an authentic gateway to three fascinating and inspiring cultures.The Chinese Garden displays its traditional lanterns and shares a fabulous fishing tale with visitors. The First Nations Garden features a multimedia experience highlighting the Sacred Tree, a giant poplar, symbol of the Circle of Life. As for the Japanese Garden, it leads visitors along a meditative illuminated path inspired by the seasons.

Chinese Garden

The Chinese Garden pays tribute to all the Chinese people who live by the water, in harmony with a powerful and unpredictable habitat. At dusk, the lanterns will spin a fabulous fishing tale in the purest Chinese tradition, where an enormous fish leaps up. To escape the fishermen, this mythical beast with one head and ten bodies will be transformed into... a bird.

Inside the Garden's three pavilions, the exhibition China: Ties to the Land allows you to meet three rural Chinese families living according to the rhythm of the Earth. Enter their daily lives and learn about many aspects of life in China.

First Nations Garden

The First Nations Garden illuminates the Sacred Tree, a giant poplar, with different colors representing the Circle of Life and nature’s constant changes. A soundtrack will evoke the beating heart of Mother Earth and will be accompanied by a projection of a fire, symbol of communication between earthly and celestial forces.

Saturday nights will be an opportunity to hear the stories and legends of Aboriginal storytellers who have carte blanche to introduce the public to the richness of their oral traditions around the fire. It will also be possible to see sixteen short films from across Canada, thanks to Vélo Paradiso and Wapikoni Mobile. These films are all about the Language of ties and land.

Japanese Garden

The Japanese pay close attention to the cycle of the seasons and take the time to admire the subtle or spectacular changes that occur in nature. This fall, discover the Japanese Garden in the evening, where a soft glow reveals the plants’ colors and textures, and emphasizes the elegance and harmony of the pavilions. Stroll through a series of scenes in this peaceful garden, as fall sets in gently... and enjoy the moment.

On Friday and Saturday evenings, musicians will instill a very special atmosphere in the Garden's pavilion, while you will be able to discover some objects of the daily Japanese life. Experience the kotatsu (heating table), very popular with the Japanese as the cold season approaches.

Information for the visit

Your ticket gives you admission to the Jardin botanique for the whole day. The time indicated on your ticket applies only to the Gardens of Light.

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  • Your visit will take place rain or shine; try to pick clothes that suit the weather.
    No exchange or refund.
  • Allow enough time to get to the lion statue at the entrance to the Rose Garden, the departure point,
    at the time indicated on your ticket.
    No admission to the Gardens of Light pathway before or after the indicated time.
  • Consider public transit (Métro Pie-IX; buses 185 and 139).
    Parking spots are not guaranteed.
    Additional parking is available at Olympic Park P4,
    4200 Sherbrooke East.
    Take note that the entrance and the parking lot at the Insectarium are currently closed.
  • Choose a baby carrier over a stroller, if possible,
    to make getting around the site easier.
  • Camera tripods as well as drones are prohibited
    at the Jardin botanique de Montréal.

For further information, don’t hesitate to
consult our FAQ section »

Enjoy your visit!


Our thanks to Rio Tinto for its generous contribution.

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