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Joan Laur

At the Jardin botanique I contribute along with my students to the integrated deployment of phytotechnologies. With my wide-ranging background in applied plant biology, I can’t help but think that a host of innovative solutions for making the transition a success are within easy reach.

  • Botanist at the Jardin botanique
  • Scientific director of the Jardin’s Pathway to Phytotechnologies
  • Researcher at the Institut de recherche en biologie végétale, in charge of the Institute’s phytotechnology platform
  • Associate professor at the Université de Montréal’s Department of Biological Sciences
  • See her publications on her webpage:

Area of research and expertise

  • Hydric relationships of plants and movement of contaminants
  • Use of native plants in phytotechnology
  • Land resilience and agrobiodiversity

Education

Postdoctoral - Phytotechnologies, 2019
Université de Montréal

Postdoctoral - Phytology and plant protection, 2018
Université Laval

Doctoral – Forest biology and sustainable management, 2014
University of Alberta

Master’s – Plant biosciences, 2010
Université de Toulouse

Bachelor’s - Microbiology, agro-biosciences, bioinformatics and systems biology, 2010
Université de Toulouse

About my work

My work and the work of my team of student-researchers focuses on the development of simple technologies to deal with the great environmental challenges of the 21st century. We combine the tools of molecular biology and plant physiology to study the interaction of plants with their environment.

A better understanding of the natural processes governing our ecosystems also means using them to develop a resilient agriculture that will successfully stand up to climate change, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and clean up soils, water and the air.

Why I love research

All along my career path I’ve had mentors who loved experimenting and putting in place. This is the same approach my students take in designing their research projects: they set themselves challenges, then define objectives and the appropriate methodologies for finding just the right solution.

Working at the Jardin botanique is also an opportunity for us to take concrete steps in concert with the different teams to make our work quickly accessible to communities.

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THE GIANT FLYING GREENHOUSE OF L'EXPÉDITION VÉGÉTALE TOUCHED DOWN AT THE JARDIN BOTANIQUE DE MONTRÉAL LAST NIGHT!

Montréal, July 18, 2022 - 

Espace pour la vie was in for quite a surprise this morning! The huge flying greenhouse of the French team of L'Expédition végétale landed on the site of the Jardin botanique during the night!

Jardin management has learned that a very peculiar research team, L'Expédition végétale, is interested in native plants and their phytovoltaic properties (the ability to produce energy) and wishes to conduct research on the site of the Jardin botanique this summer.

These adventurers from the company La Machine travel the world aboard their mythical aircraft—the Aéroflorale II—a 4-storey high structure propelled by the electricity produced by the plants on board. During their stopover in Montreal, the team will conduct a series of experiments on the richness of the biodiversity of the city and its surroundings.

Mission to the Far North
After a long stopover in the Far North where the “researchers” studied, among other things, the ancient pollen of sunflowers of a yet to be discovered variety in the permafrost, the crew has now set course for America, for the first time in its history. Since its last stopover in September 2019, in Calais along the English Channel, L’Expédition végétale took to the skies once again on March 12 for its next mission to Quebec and its metropolis. Once there, its members will conduct a series of experiments on the richness and capacity of Quebec's endemic species to produce the proverbial phytovoltaic energy.

“We are very honoured that the Jardin botanique de Montréal is L'Expédition végétale's first North American stop,” said Anne Charpentier, Director of the Jardin. “The research conducted by this team of peculiar ‘scientists’ will give us the opportunity to address the importance of greening the city in an entirely original way.”

“On behalf of the Expédition végétale crew, I would like to sincerely thank the Jardin botanique for allowing us to land with the Aéroflorale II. The ability of plants to produce electricity is at the heart of our research. We are going to explore the Jardin botanique and try to identify endemic plants with high phytovoltaic yields,” said F.D., the captain of the Aéroflorale II.

Extended visiting hours at the Jardin botanique
The entire team of L'Expédition végétale will be glad to share their work with the visitors at the Jardin botanique from 10 am to 10 pm (last access to site at 9 pm), until their mission comes to an end on July 31. After that date, they will make their way to their next destination. Please note that the crew will be off on July 20, 21, 26 and 27.

Espace pour la vie
Espace pour la vie is made up of five major attractions: the Biodôme, the Biosphère, the Insectarium, the Jardin botanique and the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan. These prestigious municipal institutions form Canada’s largest natural science museum complex. Together, they are launching a daring, creative urban movement, encouraging all of us to rethink the connection between humankind and nature and cultivate a new way of living.

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TASTE YOUR GARDEN

Montréal, July 5, 2022 - 

Espace pour la vie has got an appetizing August in store for you at the Jardin botanique. From August 1 to 27, immerse yourself in a delicious exploration of the edible plant world by browsing the gourmet stations of Taste Your Garden, where you can sample unusual and sometimes surprising foods!

GOURMET STATIONS
Culinary traditions from China, Japan and the First Nations of Québec will be presented at these three cultural gardens, while the Frédéric Back Tree Pavilion will showcase products from Québec’s native trees and shrubs. Join us to discover the incredible bounty of plant biodiversity!

Every day, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

GOODIES PRESENTED BY A SPECIAL GUEST
Every day, a special guest will present a new culinary treat, followed by a tasting.

A different theme will be highlighted each week:
August 1 to 6: Québec Tree Treats Week (presented at the Frédéric Back Tree Pavilion)
August 8 to 13: First Nations Week (presented at the Activity Tent)
August 15 to 20: Japan Week (presented at the Activity Tent)
August 22 to 27: China Week (presented at the Activity Tent)

Mondays to Saturdays, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

STILL A LITTLE PECKISH?
Extend your visit with a stop at the Jardin botanique restaurant or café-terrasse, where the dishes feature local, high-quality ingredients, lovingly prepared with an original touch.


RESERVE YOUR TICKETS ONLINE

  • We strongly recommend you purchase your tickets online before leaving home.
  • This activity is included in your regular Jardin botanique ticket.
  • Already have an Espace pour la vie Passport? Reserve your free admission!

PARKING INFO
Paid parking. We recommend using public transportation (Pie-IX Metro Station is a five-minute walk from the site) or carpooling! Drivers can use the Jardin botanique’s P1 Parking Lot, at 4101, rue Sherbrooke Est.

 

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The Great Gardening Weekend 2022

Gardening is about the privilege of getting close to nature. It’s also a great opportunity to build bonds with others. In this spirit of sharing, our Great Gardening Weekend theme this year is “The garden as a meeting place.”

The conferences (In French only)

Cultiver des communautés solidaires

Roundtable discussion moderated by Julie Corbeil Walsh of Espace pour la vie with: Marie-Anne Viau - President of Cultiver Montréal; Sylvie Chamberland - Co-Executive Director of Carrefour Solidaire, community food centre; Magali Casaubon - Manager of the urban agriculture program at Santropol Roulant

Learn about urban agriculture projects that help build supportive and resilient communities


La culture de légumes asiatiques biologiques au Québec

Speaker: Stéphanie Wang, founder of Le Rizen and co-editor of the book 'Légumes asiatiques : jardiner, cuisiner, raconter' to be published by Parfum d'encre

Step into the world of Asian vegetables and bring something new to your garden... and your plate!


Notre jardin nourricier… nourricier bien au-delà de la panse!

Speaker: Martin Boisvert, permaculturist, founder of Néo-Terra, coordinator and initiator of a unique collective permaculture project in Saint-Isidore, Beauce

Draw inspiration from a permaculture project that sprouted in a community in Beauce, a great source of abundance—from the garden to the forest to the chicken coop...


Jardiner en famille : semer des graines... on a jamais si bien dit!

Speaker: Julie Boudreau, teacher at the Centre de formation horticole de Laval as well as publisher and editor of Planète Jardin

A conference brimming with anecdotes and experiences on the activities that are most likely to awaken your child's 'nature' side

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THE ARTS PUT ON A SHOW AT THE GARDEN IS BACK

Montréal, May 31, 2022 - 

Espace pour la vie announces the return of the event The Arts Put on a Show at the Garden. Suspended for two summers due to the pandemic, the summer run of intimate concerts so beloved by the general public returns this year at 2 pm for the next six Sundays: June 26, July 3, August 7, August 14, August 21 and August 28, under the artistic direction of Monique Giroux. The 2022 program offers a rich variety of performers, mostly singer-songwriters, who will perform on the Jardin botanique’s outdoor stage, beautifully nestled in the heart of nature. In a mix of musical styles and soundscapes, each artist will bring his or her intimate and personal touch. This is a Sunday rendezvous that many have dearly missed and will be delighted to find again in the enchanting environment of the Jardin botanique.


Soak up nature before or after the show 

The public is invited to set aside an hour or two, before or after the intimate concerts, to discover the magnificent spectacle of the peonies, irises, lilies, roses and daylilies of the Jardin botanique—a nature walk that will gently put you in the mood or extend the pleasure and emotion of the show.

DATE PERFORMER
June 26 - Pierre Flynn Singer, keyboardist and songwriter of the now defunct group Octobre, Pierre Flynn returns as an accomplished solo artist with his wonder-filled poetry. Pierre Flynn is a music legend and remains highly relevant today.

July 3 - Kim Richardson Kim Richardson is one of Québec’s most beautiful voices and is known throughout the music world for her undeniable talent. Whether she’s performing blues, soul or rock classics, her voice and infectious energy are sure to captive the audience.

August 7 - Lou-Adriane Cassidy Straddling the line between the singersongwriter tradition and the contemporary alternative folk scene, Lou-Adriane Cassidy stands out with her unique approach and strong stage presence. Her flair for lyrics and her rich voice put this young singer-songwriter in a class all her own

August 14 - Antoine Gratton Driven by his infectious enthusiasm, singersongwriter Antoine Gratton has a knack for turning each of his shows into a unique musical experience. He does so by blending funky-groovy Americana that embraces our Québec roots with catchy, upbeat, sometimes humorous lyrics inspired by life.

August 21 - Bïa et Maracujà The enchanting Bïa teams up with Brazilian group Maracujá with whom the singer’s passion and fire blend naturally to deliver a show that showcases Brazilian music at its best. After touring with Cirque du Soleil for three years, the Maracujá quartet takes root in Montreal to bring the best of Brazilian music to life with their distinct signature.

August 28 - Scott Pien-Picard Scott-Pien Picard is an Innu singer-songwriter from the Uashat Mak Maliotenam community on the North Shore. Drawing inspiration from the groups Maten and Kashtin, he writes lyrics in his mother tongue, Innu, and is active on the Indigenous music scene throughout Québec. On stage with his guitar, he, delivers an upbeat folk performance that showcases the richness of his culture.

IMPORTANT
Performances are free with the purchase of a ticket to the Jardin botanique. Exceptionally, chairs will be allowed on site. Shows will be cancelled in case of extreme weather conditions
Online ticket booking is recommended* : espacepourlavie.ca/en/ticketing
*Espace pour la vie Passport holders are also required to reserve their free ticket.

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The Jardin botanique de Montréal awards the Henry-Teuscher prize to Mr. Pierre Denommé

Montréal, May 27, 2022 - 

Every year since 1999, as part of the Great Gardening Weekend at the Jardin botanique de Montréal, the prestigious Henry Teuscher Award is given to a person whose achievements contribute in a meaningful way to the advancement of horticulture in Québec.

This year, the jury is presenting the award to Mr. Pierre Dénommé, founder and director of Sentier urbain. Mr. Dénommé has been working for 30 years to bring people and nature closer together in order to improve the quality of life in our communities. Through an inclusive citizen participation approach, the founder of Sentier urbain is helping to make Montréal a greener, more biodiverse and nurturing city.

2022 recipient: Pierre Dénommé, founder and director of Sentier urbain

A precursor of the socio-ecological transition even before this concept had been coined, Pierre Dénommé has been exploring uncharted territories for nearly 30 years.

In his native Témiscamingue the self-taught entrepreneur sketched out his vision of the link between humans and nature. In 1993, he started a social environment project that would eventually become the Centre d'interprétation Becs et jardins. After moving to the city, he dreamed of a greener Montréal, where citizens would come together to green the streets, alleys and balconies, and where children would be in contact with nature on a daily basis. He grabbed a wheelbarrow and a shovel and set out to build a 200-foot-long, 7-foot-wide path behind his home in a Montréal alley with the help of his neighbours. This spontaneous gesture led to the creation of Sentier urbain.

Always on the lookout for new opportunities to mobilize communities towards a social greening of the city, Pierre Dénommé then worked to revitalize and re-naturalize several vacant lots in the boroughs of Ville-Marie and Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve facing problems of drug addiction, prostitution and homelessness, whose transformation required the cooperation of multiple organizations. Participatory vegetable gardens, medicinal garden, horticultural workbench, pollinator garden... Today, he has a network of eight gardens based on various environmental themes to his credit. This garden circuit contributes to mitigating heat islands, strengthening ties with nature and increasing urban biodiversity through plants, birds and butterflies; it gives green spaces back to citizens in a spirit of social inclusion.

Some 30 years later, the work of one man with a wheelbarrow has become the business of nearly 40 employees, of which 15 are permanent, and 140 volunteers. Sentier urbain has become a key player in supporting residents, citizen committees and organizations in positively transforming our living environments. By promoting the transfer of expertise through environmental awareness among young people, citizen participation and the affiliation of people at risk, it allows everyone to become actors of change in a sustainable manner. Through market gardening and greenhouse production, it participates in the development of a local food system that is more supportive and ecological.

Here as in Témiscamingue, Pierre Dénommé and his organization work to bring humans closer to nature in three axes of intervention: Mobilize, Educate and Green. With this Henry Teuscher Award, a fourth axis should be added: Inspire.


“Mr. Dénommé is a pioneer in the socio-ecological transition and has undoubtedly influenced and inspired many citizens to embark on projects like the Sentier urbain. Today, this environmental and ecological approach is all the more crucial as it is a global issue that must be taken seriously. The City of Montréal is all the more proud to present this award, since the ideas behind such a project coincide more than ever with its Climate 2030 plan. Mr. Dénommé embodies a deep and necessary commitment that must be supported, encouraged and celebrated." said Caroline Bourgeois, who is responsible for large parks, Mount Royal, sports and recreation, Espace pour la vie, Parc Jean-Drapeau and East Montréal.

The Henry Teuscher Award, past and present

A visionary and passionate botanist and landscape architect, Henry Teuscher (1891–1984) designed the Jardin botanique de Montréal. He worked closely with Brother Marie-Victorin and was also responsible for designing several of the exhibition greenhouses and assembling some of the garden’s main plant collections. Since it was founded in 1999, the Henry Teuscher Award has been presented to:

Marc Légaré (2021), Maurice Beauchamp (2020), Danielle Dagenais (2019), André Poliquin (2018), Yves Gagnon (2017), Bertrand Dumont (2016), Claude Vallée (2015), Albert Mondor (2014); Isabelle Dupras (2013); Francis H. Cabot (2012, posthumously); Hélène Leclerc (2011); Jacques-André Rioux (2010); Elsie Reford and Alexander Reford (2009); Jean-Claude Vigor (2008); Émile Jacqmain (2007); Fred Oehmichen (2006); Daniel A. Séguin (2005); Gaëtan Hamel (2004); Milan B. Havlin (2003); Henri et Camille Perron (2002); Wilfrid Meloche (2001); Roger Van den Hende (2000) and Tony Huber (1999)

The Great Gardening Weekend at the Jardin botanique de Montréal celebrates the garden as a meeting place
The Jardin botanique de Montréal invites horticulture enthusiasts to reconnect with each other and with nature during its 25th Great Gardening Weekend. Under the theme "The Garden as a Meeting Place," the annual event is held in a hybrid format. All of the virtual conferences with gardening experts broadcast from May 24 to 26 will be available for replay free of charge. Until May 29, on the site of the Jardin botanique, come and meet more than forty exhibitors, including the Jardin botanique's Friendly Societies and local producers. The Great Gardening Weekend is the perfect time to obtain plants, products and valuable advice for your gardening projects. Take advantage of this opportunity to ask all your questions about ecological gardening, local purchasing and more in a perspective of socio-ecological transition. Also on the menu: embracing biodiversity with the My Garden program, participatory science with Mission Monarch, urban agriculture with Cultiver Montréal, and learn all about research with the Institut de recherche en biologie végétale.

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THE GARDEN AS A MEETING PLACE - 25TH EDITION OF THE GREAT GARDENING WEEKEND AT THE JARDIN BOTANIQUE

Montréal, May 11, 2022 - 

Every spring, we have a deep-seated need to reconnect with nature—this year more than ever. Espace pour la vie invites visitors to reconnect with each other and with nature in the garden during the 25th Great Gardening Weekend of the Jardin botanique, which kicks off the gardening season. This year’s theme is The Garden as a Meeting Place. Sharing the fruits of our labour, flowers, vegetable garden crops, seeds and advice with friends, neighbours and family is a true pleasure. Gardening is an opportunity for a close and privileged contact with nature, and a chance to cultivate a sense of solidarity with others. It’s a way to participate concretely in the socio-ecological transition!
Following the tremendous success of last year's hybrid edition, the festive event will be held in two phases this year: an entirely virtual component from May 24 to 26, followed by meetings with producers and exhibitors on the site of the Jardin botanique, from May 27 to 29. From the comfort of your home or in person, the 2022 Great Gardening Weekend will be ripe with meaningful encounters.

THE VIRTUAL COMPONENT: EVERYONE’S INVITED

May 24, 25 and 26 - The free virtual conferences are back (in French). Wherever you are in Quebec, take part in fulfilling exchanges with gardening experts happy to share their vision, experiences and special connection with nature and humans. Let their projects inspire you!

To attend the virtual conferences broadcast live on Facebook, visit the Espace pour la vie Facebook page at the time of the conference or your choice. Or better yet, sign up in advance so you don't miss this important event!


VIRTUAL CONFERENCE PROGRAM

Tuesday, May 24: 5 pm to 6 pm
Cultiver des communautés solidaires (in French) – Learn about urban agriculture projects that help build supportive and resilient communities
Roundtable discussion moderated by Julie Corbeil Walsh of Espace pour la vie with:

  • Marie-Anne Viau - President of Cultiver Montréal
  • Sylvie Chamberland - Co-Executive Director of Carrefour Solidaire, community food centre
  • Magali Casaubon - Manager of the urban agriculture program at Santropol Roulant

Tuesday, May 24: 7 pm to 8:30 pm
La culture de légumes asiatiques biologiques au Québec (in French) – Step into the world of Asian vegetables and bring something new to your garden... and your plate!
(Speaker: Stéphanie Wang, founder of Le Rizen and co-editor of the book "Légumes asiatiques : jardiner, cuisiner, raconter" to be published by Parfum d'encre)

Wednesday, May 25: 7 pm to 8:30 pm
Notre jardin nourricier… nourricier bien au-delà de la panse! (in French) – Draw inspiration from a permaculture project that sprouted in a community in Beauce, a great source of abundance—from the garden to the forest to the chicken coop...
(Speaker: Martin Boisvert, permaculturist, founder of Néo-Terra, coordinator and initiator of a unique collective permaculture project in Saint-Isidore, Beauce)

Thursday, May 26: 7 pm to 8:30 pm
Jardiner en famille : semer des graines... on n’aura jamais si bien dit! (in French) – A conference brimming with anecdotes and experiences on the activities that are most likely to awaken your child's "nature" side
(Speaker: Julie Boudreau, teacher at the Centre de formation horticole de Laval as well as publisher and editor of Planète Jardin)

GET-TOGETHERS TO DEVELOP YOUR SKILLS AND KNOW-HOW
From May 27 to 29, come to the Jardin botanique to meet more than forty exhibitors, including local producers, who will hand out plants, products and valuable advice to help you carry out your gardening projects. As a bonus, every afternoon from 1 pm to 4 pm, DJ Amalia will be on hand to create a festive atmosphere.

Come and discover plants of unparalleled quality and diversity and meet the Jardin botanique's Friendly Societies. Learn how to bring biodiversity into your home with the My Space for Life Garden program, chat about horticulture with the team from École des métiers de l'horticulture de Montréal, participatory science with Mission Monarch, and urban agriculture with Cultiver Montréal. And if you’re passionate about research, take a look at the booth of the Institut de recherche en biologie végétale! The Great Gardening Weekend is the perfect time to ask all your questions about ecological gardening, purchasing locally and more, in a perspective of socio-ecological transition.

The 25th edition of the Jardin botanique's Great Gardening Weekend is sure to be the must-see event this spring!

Visit the Espace pour la vie website for a complete list of exhibitors and what they have to offer.

Don't forget to bring your reusable bags!

BOOK YOUR TICKETS ONLINE
The event runs from 9 am to 5 pm.
Booking tickets online prior to your arrival is highly recommended.

Regular tickets for the Jardin botanique de Montréal gives you access to the 2022 Great Gardening Weekend event.

And if you are a Space for Life Passport holder, you can book a time for your visit, free of charge!

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PARKING INFO
Pay parking. If you can, come by public transit (the Pie IX metro station is just five minutes away on foot) or carpool! If you do come by car, you can use parking lot P1 at the Jardin botanique
(4101 Sherbrooke Street East).

Espace pour la vie is made up of five major attractions: the Biodôme, the Biosphère, the Insectarium, the Jardin botanique and the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan. These prestigious municipal institutions form Canada’s largest natural science museum complex. Together, they are launching a daring, creative urban movement, encouraging all of us to rethink the connection between humankind and nature and cultivate a new way of living.

 

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