Through its efforts in communication, conservation, research and education, the Jardin botanique, like the four other museums that make up the Space for Life – the Biodôme, Biosphère, Insectarium, and Planétarium Rio tinto Alcan – guides humans to better experience nature.
Conservation, research, education and communication at the Jardin
Since its founding in 1931 by Brother Marie-Victorin, the mission statement of the Jardin botanique de Montréal is to:
- Conserve, develop, and present to the public living plant collections,
- Pursue research activities,
- Educate Montréal citizens and all visitors in botany and horticulture.
To reach its objectives, the Jardin botanique de Montréal has pursued four vocations:
As a cultural institution
The Garden takes visitors on a voyage through the plant world, inviting them to explore the various outside gardens and the exhibition greenhouses, and to discover different cultures, including those of China and Japan.
As an educational institution
The garden is an excellent educational resource, as well. Its Public Programs Division offers all kinds of educational activities for the general public and schools. The cultural gardens, the First Nations Garden, the Frédéric Back Tree Pavilion and the Courtyard of the Senses let visitors enjoy original and authentic experiences. And the Youth Gardens introduce children to the joys of gardening and the wonders of the natural sciences. In the fall, don’t miss the Funk and Pumpkins and the Gardens of Light!
In addition, the garden’s library boasts an extensive collection of botanical and horticultural publications, along with a media library housing a vast selection of photographs of plants and the Jardin botanique itself.
As a social institution
The Garden is an integral part of the urban fabric of Montréal. It serves as the city's environmental conscience, promoting tree planting policies, the preservation of natural environments and public awareness. Over the years, it has fostered a special relationship with the people of Montréal and lends the community invaluable expertise and support in the design of plans to beautify the urban landscape and develop and manage green spaces.
As a scientific institution
The Garden houses living plant collections, maintained by a highly specialized horticultural staff, assisted by qualified botanists. The Garden serves as a ground for taxonomy, morphology, plant physiology, genetics, ecology and biotechnology, conducted by the team of botanists at the Garden along with professors and researchers from the Institut de recherche en biologie végétale of the Université de Montréal, affiliated with the Garden. The research efforts have produced leading-edge expertise applied to planting and caring for trees in the urban environment, and to developing a waste water filtration and treatment system using aquatic plants.