Since its foundation in 1931 by Brother Marie-Victorin, the mission statement of the
Montréal Botanical Garden is to :
- conserve, develop and present to the public living plant collections,
- pursue research activities,
- and educate Montréal citizens and all visitors in botany and horticulture.
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To reach its objectives, the Montréal Botanical Garden has pursued four vocations :
- As a cultural institution, it takes visitors on a voyage through the plant world, inviting them to explore
the various outside gardens and the exhibition greenhouses,
and to discover different cultures, including those of China and Japan.
- As an educational institution, the Garden is a unique training ground, with numerous educational activities. Graduates
of the Montréal Botanical Garden School of Horticulture
receive thorough grounding in general horticulture work and in different aspects of ornamental horticulture. The
Young Gardeners' Own program introduces young people to the joys of gardening and the wonders of the natural sciences. A
number of educational organizations, including the Friends of the Garden,
Les Amis du
Jardin, offer their members various science-related activities. In addition, the Garden's
library boasts an impressive collection of botanical and horticultural publications, along with a slide library
housing a vast assortment of photographs of plants and the Botanical Garden itself.
- As a social institution, the Garden is an integral part of the urban fabric of Montréal. It
serves as the City's environmental conscience, promoting tree planting policies, the preservation of natural
environments and public awareness. Over the years, it has fostered a special relationship with the people
of Montréal and lends the community invaluable expertise and support in the design of plans to beautify
the urban landscape and develop and manage green spaces.
- As a scientific institution, the Garden houses living
plant collections, maintained by a highly specialized
horticultural staff, assisted by qualified botanists. The Garden serves as a ground for taxonomy,
morphology, plant physiology, genetics, ecology and biotechnology, conducted by the
team of botanists at the Garden along with professors and researchers from the
Institut de recherche en biologie végétale of the Université
de Montréal, affiliated with the Garden. The research efforts have produced leading-edge expertise
applied to planting and caring for trees in the urban environment, and to developing a waste water filtration and treatment system using aquatic plants.
The Botanical also employs visitor services and marketing staff to support its different
vocations and meet the ever-growing needs of visitors.
«The Montréal Botanical Garden is an extraordinary source of inspiration and education.
The dedication of the many people working at the Garden contributes to make it a place with an exceptional richness.
Come and visit us.»
Director of the Montréal Botanical Garden
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