Quebec’s Algonquins and Attikameks collected maple sap in bark baskets each spring, a tradition which continues today.
In 1535, Jacques Cartier asked the Iroquois at Stadacona to prepare a concoction of annedda, a conifer, which saved the lives of several of his crew members who were afflicted with scurvy.
Most of the herbaceous and shrub plants in this garden are plants taken from sites that were later cleared for construction in Laval, Saint-Jérôme and Saint-Hilaire.
To create the right environment for certain plants, an artificial pond was dug and lined with a waterproof geotextile membrane. It was filled with peat and a little sand, then topped off with water. Plants were then introduced into the bog. In a few years, it will be a real peat bog!