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A collection of tools at the Youth Gardens
Photo: Jardin botanique de Montréal (Michel Tremblay)

Gardening program for 8 to 15 year olds

Do you think that vegetables would taste even better if you grew them yourselves? Here's your chance to find out. Join the Youth Gardens at the Montréal Botanical Garden. You'll be given your own 2 m x 4 m plot in which to grow and harvest your own vegetables and herbs.

Here's what you'll do:

  • In April, you'll spend one Saturday in the greenhouses at the Botanical Garden planting vegetable seeds.
  • In May and June, as soon as weather permits, you'll spend a few hours on a couple of weekends caring for your seedlings, preparing your plot and planting it.
  • All summer long, you will spend two half-days a week gardening. You'll have to water your plot, weed it and harvest your vegetables once they've grown. You'll see how much fun gardening can be, especially with friends your own age and instructors there to help. You'll be placed in one of two age groups: 8-11 or 12-15.
  • In September, you'll come back one last time to help harvest all the remaining crops. Finally, you and all your gardening friends will receive a diploma at an evening award ceremony.

Did you know?

Montréal Space for Life groups together the Montréal Biodôme, the Insectarium, the Botanical Garden and the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium. These remarkable places allow you to explore the thousand and one facets of life and nature.

The Youth Gardens were established close to 80 years ago by the founder of the Botanical Garden, Brother Marie-Victorin, so that young citizens could be in contact with nature at very little expense. That tradition continues: it costs only $30 for the whole summer!

Commitment

In learning to garden, youngsters have to take part in seeding and in planting, as well as be on hand for at least one maintenance period in May and in June. They also have to spend at least twelve half-days gardening during the summer. They can’t be away for more than six half-days – the equivalent of three weeks – say, if they want to go away on vacation with their families. In that case the young gardeners have to designate a friend from their group to take care of their vegetable garden. Youngsters who cannot meet their commitment will have their garden turned over to the group.

Registration

Through the mail only, by sending in the duly completed registration form and your cheque made out to Friends of the Montréal Botanical Garden. Once we have these documents we will get you an information sheet and your receipt. The registration form is available at the bottom of this page.

Schedule

Age 8 to 11

Group A - B

  • Monday and Thursday - 9 to 11:30 a.m. 

Group C - D

  • Tuesday and Friday - 9 to 11:30 a.m. 

Tuesday and Friday groups also host a little “Grandparents - Grandchildren” group. Ten small gardens are set aside for them. Call us for more information.

Age 12 to 15

Group E

  • Monday and Thursday - 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Grandparent - Grandchild gardening

What a pleasure to share an activity with our grandchildren!

Grandparents, register for the Youth Gardens program with one of your grandkids! You’ll join up with the groups who garden on Tuesday and Friday mornings for an entire season of gardening. Of course, you’ll be supervised by our instructors during gardening periods, and will have to respect the same commitment as our young gardeners registered on their own. Call us if you’d like more information and to receive the registration form that needs to be filled in by the grandparent.

Inclusion of children with special needs

Gardening is an activity that can be performed at any age and that doesn’t require great experience, especially under the guidance of horticulturists and specialist instructors. We’re happy to welcome children with special needs into the youth groups. We provide horticultural supervision, but an adult must accompany the child at all times.

Call us for more information and to sign up your child.

Afternoon activities and Wednesday outings

Any youngster enrolled in the Youth Gardens can, at an additional cost, take part in outings organized on Wednesdays as well as in activities offered in the afternoon (only for youngsters in the 8 to 11 year old groups who come to garden in the morning from 9 to 11:30).

On the program for the afternoons: explorations and discoveries of the Botanical Garden and assorted sports and cultural activities. Those activities run from 1 to 4 p.m. Between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., a lunch and rest period is scheduled.

Registrations for these activities will be done by mail. We’ll send you all the registration information at the end of May (a reminder that an extra fee is involved).

Information

Jardins-jeunes (Youth Gardens)
Jardin botanique de Montréal
4101, rue Sherbrooke Est
Montréal (Québec)  H1X 2B2
Metro : Pie-IX
Phone: 514 872-0956
Fax: 514 872-3765

Email : jardins-jeunes@ville.montreal.qc.ca

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