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Marsh and Bog Garden

First in the East

In 1938, workers were busy creating the 110 ponds in the Marsh and Bog Garden.

This was one of the very few gardens in the eastern part of the site at the time. Almost all the other gardens laid out in the late 1930s stretched along Sherbrooke and Pie-IX.

Drawing of the Marsh and Bog Garden - 1940

Jardin botanique de Montr?al (Archives) Description

Drawing of the Marsh and Bog Garden - 1940


Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives) - call number:H-1938-0070-d

Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives)
Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives) - call number:P-17-58

Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives)

Not much has changed!

As can be seen from this 1963 photograph, the only change in the Marsh and Bog Garden since it was built was the installation of fountains in the 1970s.

The ponds are set flush with the ground, and visitors can stroll along the sunken paths between them to admire plants that grow in ponds and wetlands, many of which they would otherwise rarely get to see.

A welcome change from earlier days is that visitors can no longer park their cars along the access road.

Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives) - call number:P-17-356

Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives)

In the 1950s, a Hedge Garden and an Iris and Daylily Garden went in around the Marsh and Bog Garden, but it wasn't until many years later that the zone next to Maisonneuve Park was truly filled in, with the addition of the Shade Garden (1964), the Rose Garden (1976), the Japanese Garden (1988), the Chinese Garden (1991) and the Insectarium (1992).
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