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Rose Garden

A realm for the Queen of flowers

In fall 1975, as the Olympic Stadium gradually rose above a forest of cranes on the other side of Sherbrooke Street, horticulturists were putting the finishing touches to the Rose Garden.

Since the Botanical Garden first opened, its rose collection had been split in two, with wild roses in the Shrub Garden, and floribundas and polyanthas in the Perennial Garden. The Olympics seemed like a suitable time to offer the Queen of flowers a realm of her own, and so the monarch conquered a kingdom previously ruled by irises and daylilies.


Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives) - call number:P-24-991

Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives)
1963. An iris and daylily garden occupied part of the site where the Rose Garden is now located.

Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives) - call number:R-6-51

Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives)

1975. Some nursery-grown roses were transplanted into the Rose Garden.

1975. The Rose Garden welcomed its first plants.
Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives) - call number:R-6-242

Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives)

Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives) - call number:R-6-292

Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives)

The Rose Garden was already spectacular, less than a year after opening!

Millions of roses have bloomed here since then.

Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives)  - cote:mt0036084

Jardin botanique de Montréal (Michel Tremblay)

The Rose Garden in 2010.
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