New trail: The tree in all its aspects
In 2013, the Botanical Garden opened a new walking trail in the heart of the Arboretum. Under the theme of A Tree Is a Living Being, this surprising trail explores the various aspects of trees, including their biology and vital functions, as well as the different species and their characteristics. To share this information with visitors and raise their awareness of the importance of these great plants, unusual interpretive panels punctuate the trail. Visitors walking through the Arboretum can choose their own itinerary.
Whatever the season, it is a stimulating and novel way to discover this enchanting place and appreciate the invaluable contribution trees make to our biodiversity and quality of life.
The Ash Woodland is one of the few naturally regenerated wooded areas at the Botanical Garden. The path through the woodland is popular with walkers and nature lovers. The canopy here is dominated by close to 500 red ash trees (Fraxinus pennsylvanica) and more than 200 American elms (Ulmus americana).
The flowering crabapples
The Montréal Botanical Garden's flowering crabapple (Malus spp.) collection allows visitors to enjoy the impression that they are strolling through an orchard.
In addition to the site's esthetic and educational qualities, the collection's fruit attracts a wide variety of birds that come there to feed and nest. There are some 200 crabapples in the collection, representing over 63 cultivars and hybrids and 31 botanical species.
What can be more pleasant than a stroll through a lilac garden on a fine day at the end of May! Take a whiff of the gentle fragrance and admire the various forms and colours of the panicles. It consists of 20 species and close to 200 cultivars, making it highly representative of the genus Syringa. Most of the shrubs are planted on a gentle slope near the Flowery Brook and continue northward up to the pond's edge.