Sow, plant and harvest for ages 8 to 15
Do you think vegetables would taste even better if you grew them yourself? Join the Youth Gardens program and find out! You'll be given your own 6.25 m2 plot 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, 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 and tending it.
- All summer long, from June 25 to August 24, you’ll 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 educators there to help. You'll be placed in one of two age groups: 8–11 or 12–15, each with its own schedule as shown here.
- After August 24, you'll come back on a Thursday evening to harvest your own plot. Then, one week later, 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?
The Youth Gardens were established close to 80 years ago by the founder of the Jardin botanique, Brother Marie-Victorin, to give young people inexpensive contact with nature. That tradition continues: it costs only $30 for the whole summer!
This exceptional gardening program has introduced thousands of kids like you to urban agriculture. Expert educators will guide you through every step from sowing to harvesting.
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.
By mail only, starting February 1, 2018. Send in the duly completed registration form (available in French only, at the bottom of the page here), along with your cheque payable to Friends of the Montréal Botanical Garden. Once we have received your form and payment we will send you an information sheet and your receipt.
Please note that all camp activities are run in French.
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 - F
- 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 the groups that garden on Tuesday and Friday mornings for an entire gardening season. Of course, you’ll be supervised by our educators during the gardening sessions, and will have to make 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 for grandparents.
Children with special needs
Gardening is an activity for all ages and doesn’t require much experience, especially under the guidance of horticulturists and expert educators. 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 register your child.
Additionnal activities (extra cost)
Any youngster enrolled in the Youth Gardens program can take part in the organized Wednesday outings, as well as the afternoon activities, at an additional charge. There will be museum outings, cooking workshops, art workshops and special tours and activities in the main garden. Afternoon sessions are also offered, at an affordable cost, for children ages 8 to 11 who come to garden in the morning from 9 to 11:30.
The afternoon fun includes arts, sports and cultural activities. These activities run from 1 to 4 p.m. Lunch and supervised time are scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Registration for these sessions will be by mail. We’ll send you all the registration information in late April.
Youth Gardens (Jardins-jeunes)
Jardin botanique de Montréal
4101, rue Sherbrooke Est
Montréal (Québec) H1X 2B2
Metro : Pie-IX
Phone: 514 872-0956
Fax: 514 872-3765