Kick off the Montreal gardening season at the 25th Great Gardening Weekend hosted by Space for Life’s Botanical Garden.
The theme of this year’s event is The Garden as a Meeting Place, which builds upon our need to connect with nature and each other. During the pandemic, people who had never put their hands in soil began cultivating indoor and outdoor gardens. Seedlings, fruit trees, and plant trays sold out online and in garden centres as everyone picked up trowels and started digging and sowing. Community gardens saw a surge in popularity as friends and neighbours sought out spaces to connect with the outdoors, and each other.
Whether you have a vast yard filled with hardy perennials or or enjoy growing windowsill herbs, gardening is a healthy hobby and has a positive impact on environmental surroundings.
Participate two ways
This year, participants can enjoy the event in two ways: virtually from May 24 to 26, followed by an in-person event with producers and exhibitors at the Botanical Garden from May 27 to 29.
On May 24, 25, and 26, people can take part in the free virtual conferences (in French) of informal talks and demonstrations with gardening experts. Learn about urban agriculture projects, find a new favourite among the world of Asian vegetables, draw inspiration from a community permaculture project, and hear anecdotes of activities that may awaken your child’s “nature” side.
To view Facebook conferences, visit the Espace pour la vie Facebook page. Mark yourself as “going” to be reminded of the event.
Learn from the experts
From May 27 to 29, visit the Botanical Garden where more than 40 exhibitors, including local producers, will be offering advice to new and seasoned gardeners. Discover new-to-you plants, learn how to protect pollinators and biodiversity at home with the My Space for Life Garden program, chat about horticulture with the team from École des métiers de l’horticulture de Montréal, see how you can help save the butterflies with Mission Monarch, and pick up tips on urban agriculture with Cultiver Montréal.
It’s the perfect time to ask questions about ecological gardening, where and how to purchase locally, and learn about native species that help the environment and wildlife.
The event runs from 9 am to 5 pm., and as a bonus, DJ Amalia will be on hand to create a festive atmosphere every afternoon from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Don’t forget to bring your reusable bags for any new plant purchases.
Booking tickets online prior to your arrival is highly recommended.
Regular tickets for the Botanical Garden give you access to the 2022 Great Gardening Weekend event. And if you are a Space for Life Passport holder, you can book a time for your visit free of charge.
Botanical Garden, 4101 Sherbrooke St. E.