As vibrant autumn leaves flutter to the ground, the MontrealBotanical Gardenheads into its 2017-2018 winter season. Nevertheless, our collections are as enchanting as ever. Now is the perfect time to admire the fleeting colours and remarkable silhouettes of our bonsai and penjing trees. The most colourful and most intricate specimens will be on display in our Reception Centre from November 3rd to December 12th.
From root to canopy – at a glance
Right before your eyes, you will see mature and, in some cases, venerable trees that can be observed in their entirety, at a glance. As our deciduous trees enter a period of winter dormancy, you will be able to get an up close look at their most distinguishing features, including meandering roots, strong trunks and sculpted branches. You can even observe what the buds of these trees look like and refine your winter tree identification skills.
This time of year gives viewers an opportunity to discover and understand tree architecture, specifically how trees grow and adapt to their surroundings. Having an entire tree in one’s line of sight allows for a better understanding of how tree branches form and how specific patterns of growth repeat themselves or “reiterate” throughout a tree’s development. Trees are intriguing beings and interesting to observe in all seasons!
Bonsai and Penjing: Living artistry
The Montreal Botanical Garden’s miniaturized tree collection includes specimens trained under the Japanese art of bonsai as well as the Chinese art of penjing. The winter months are an ideal time to appreciate the work that bonsai and penjing masters commit to pruning, wiring and caring for their trees.
This exhibition will give you a preview of the penjings on display in the Garden of Weedlessness exhibition greenhouse. As for our bonsai collection, this is your last chance to enjoy our trees on display before our outdoor exhibition spaces in theJapaneseGarden and Frédéric Back Tree Pavilion reopen next spring.
This art form allows viewers to access trees that may otherwise be hidden in the far off corners of the natural world. During this temporary exhibition, different trees will be presented every 3 to 4 days. Both native and exotic trees will adorn our Reception Centre throughout the course of the exhibition.