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  • June 14, 2013

A new Arboretum interpretation trail at the Jardin botanique

  • Space for Life
One of the stations along the new interpretation trail in the Arboretum
Photo: Espace pour la vie (Raymond Jalbert)
Station on the interpretation trail in the Arboretum

The Montréal Space for Life celebrated the opening of the Jardin botanique’s new Arboretum interpretation trail on June 14, 2013. Dedicated to an exploration, both sensory and cognitive, of the multiple facets of trees, this trail was inspired in part by the work of internationally renowned botanist Francis Hallé, deeply humanist and guest of honour at the opening.

Trees as living beings

The new interpretation trail winds through the heart of the Jardin botanique’s Arboretum, the 40-hectare space that is home to approximately 7,000 trees in some 30 collections. Visitors are invited to learn more about these magnificent plants at stations dotted along the trail where they experience the vital functions of the tree – for example, how do trees eat? How do they breathe and stay standing up? How do they differ from other life forms? Other stations answer questions such as where does each species live, and why? Other modules illustrate the place of trees in different ecosystem. The visitor will be dazzled by the beauty of the Arboretum and inspired by the vital role played by trees in our lives and in the biodiversity of Earth.

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