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Youth Gardens

From Sherbrooke to Pie-IX

The Young Gardeners' Own plots were originally located along Sherbrooke Street, which looked almost like a country road at the time.

But as automobiles became more popular, the parking lot was expanded and the garden plots shifted elsewhere. They were relocated several times over the years, before settling in their current spot along Pie-IX Boulevard in 1991.

Nowadays the Youth Gardens program also includes trips to market gardens, meetings with experts from the Botanical Garden and play time.


Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives) - call number:J-3-54

Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives)

Young Gardeners' Own garden plots in 1942.
Over the years, some 14,000 young Montrealers have learned the basics of gardening here.

plan des jardinets d'écoliers en 1940
Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives)

1940 drawing
Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives) - call number:A-26-242

Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives)

Growing life skills

The Young Gardeners' Own program was renamed Youth Gardens in the early 1990s, but its mission hasn't changed, i.e. to give young people ages 8 to 15 a chance to experience an entire gardening season.

They learn horticulture and botany, of course, but also perseverance, the importance of working together and pride in a job well done. Valuable lessons sowed, to be reaped over a lifetime!

Young gardener in 1941Young gardener in 1975Young gardener in 1991
Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives)

Harvest time: 1941, 1975 and 1991
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