The Garden was born on the dream of Brother Marie-Victorin. In 1920 he founded the Botanical Institute of the Universite de Montreal and dreamed of creating a great Botanical Garden for all Montrealers. His dream became a reality in 1931 with the assistance of Henry Teuscher, a renowned horticuluralist and botanist and Mayor Camelien Houde. Today, with its collections of 22,000 plant species, it ranks among the world's largest and most spectacular botanical gardens.

"We were born in nature — considering what we can read in the bible for example, that humans were made to live in a garden... we were all made for this, we all have a link with nature, with the ground, with plants, with the environment all around us, its our life, its part of us."

Flowery Brook Garden: Created in 1976 overlooking the pond, this ornamental garden is home to several aquatic plants and birds. One of the most natural environments at the garden, it is full of purples, yellows, oranges and bright pinks. The vibrant colors invite many visitors to stop here and paint.

Chinese Garden: Built on the friendship of Montreal and Shanghai. Fifty workers from Shanghai flew to North America to build it. Known as the Dream Lake Garden it features four important elements. Running water is a symbol of prosperity; rocks are a symbol of eternity. Plant life like lotus flowers, magnolia trees and bamboo are from China. Architectural elements like the friendship building and the main tower feature flying roofs in keeping with Chinese tradition. See the colorful and intricate Chinese Lantern display as the sun sets in Montreal.

Perennial Garden: A melding of two styles the grids take from the French while the flower displays are reflective of English gardens. Here you will find a tremendous variety of plants that will stand up to cold Canadian winters.

Japanese Garden: A contemporary Zen garden characterized by its perfect aesthetic of rocks and small waterfalls. The design is more specific to Japan then the species since many native Japanese plants will not sustain growth through Canadian winters.