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Good riddance to bad rubbish

When work began in the 1930s on the Botanical Garden at the corner of Sherbrooke and Pie-IX, there was a municipal quarry still in operation farther north, where Rosemont Boulevard runs today. Henry Teuscher, the Botanical Garden's designer, saw it as the perfect setting for hanging gardens!

In the end it was turned into a dump, much to the displeasure of local residents. Throughout the 1940s and 50s, they complained that it smelled and was a breeding ground for rats. In the 1960s, the gaping hole was finally filled and the site was used to expand the Botanical Garden's Arbroetum.


Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives) - call number:carriere_Rheaume
The Rheaume quarry circa 1938-1939.


1963: Add tonnes of landfill, top it with good soil, and it was goodbye to the former Rhéaume quarry and its days as a dump.
Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives) - call number:Amenagement_Arboretum

Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives)

From the Latin words arbor (tree) and etum (place)

This "place planted with trees" covers half of the entire Botanical Garden site. The first trees were planted in the late 1940s, set around the large ponds.

A second phase was carried out in the 1960s, on the former Rh?aume quarry site, with the planting of the main hardwood and conifer collections.

Autumn 1969. A larch being planted in the northern section of the Arboretum.
Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives) - call number:Arboretum_31_oct_1969

Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives)
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