Gardens of Light includes a lighted path through the Botanical Garden’s three cultural gardens, each looking at nature from a different perspective.
In China, water is the breath and living pulse of the Earth and represents intelligence, wisdom, softness and flexibility. Water also figures in countless tales and legends, in the form of fantastic figures and beasts like the powerful water dragon. So with this in mind, Espace pour la vie will be telling a wondrous fishing story this year, as you stroll along the water’s edge. The traditional Chinese tale features an impressive fish called He Luo Yu, a mythical creature with one head and ten bodies. To escape fishermen, it turns itself into… a bird!
The Japanese pay close attention to the cycle of the seasons and take the time to admire the subtle or spectacular changes that occur in nature. This fall, discover the Japanese Garden in the evening, when the soft lighting reveals the plants’ colours and textures and emphasizes the elegance of the pavilions and the harmony of the site. Stroll through a series of scenes in this peaceful garden, as fall steals in.
First Nations Garden
The First Nations Garden is joining the Gardens of Light event again this year by illuminating the Sacred Tree, a giant poplar, with different colours representing the Circle of Life, a symbol of the journey through the seasons and nature’s constant changes. A soundtrack evokes the beating heart of Mother Earth and is accompanied by a projection of a fire, a symbol of communication between earthly and celestial forces. They come together in the tree, through its branches and roots.