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Sow, plant and harvest.
At the Youth Gardens, you'll cultivate your very own garden plot!
A gardening program for youth ages 8 to 16
Do you want to discover the taste of vegetables that you grew yourself? At the Jardin botanique's Youth Gardens, you’ll cultivate and harvest a wide variety of vegetables, fruits and herbs.
Here is how the program works
In May and June, as soon as the weather permits, you’ll dedicate several hours, on certain weekends and evenings, to sowing seeds, planting seedlings and tending to your garden plot.
All summer long, between the 24th of June and the 16th of August, you’ll garden two half-days per week for a total of 16 gardening sessions throughout the summer. Watering, removing weeds, harvesting… Gardening is exciting, especially when you’re in the company of friends and knowledgeable educators ready to teach you all about gardening while having fun.
After the 16th of August, you’ll attend an evening harvest session. Then, at the beginning of Septembre, you’ll return to your garden plot for one last big harvest and to celebrate the end of the season during the «Carnaval végétal».
*The Youth Gardens will be open on statutory holidays during the summer
Note: The exact dates of special activities (seed sowing and planting, evening garding and harvest sessions, etc.) will be announced in advance to participants by e-mail several weeks prior to each activity.
New this year!
The maximum age for participating in the program goes from 15 to 16
In light of the interest shown by a number of participants, the maximum age for taking part in the Youth Gardens will be 16 from now on. Young people who are 16 years old on September 30, 2024, are thus invited to sign up for either the adolescent gardening group (12 to 16) or the mixed-age gardening group (8 to 16).
Groups are divided on the basis of date of birth and current school year.
- 8 to 11: Born between October 1, 2012, and September 30, 2016 (2nd to 5th year of primary school at the time of registration)
- 12 to 16: Born between October 1, 2008, and September 30, 2012 (6th year of primary school to 4th year of secondary school at the time of registration)
The Youth Gardens program is the modern day version of the "Jardinets d'écoliers" (school-children’s gardens) that were established in 1938 under the supervision of Brother Marie-Victorin, founder of the Jardin botanique de Montréal. The goal of the programme remains the same to this day: to introduce urban youth to agriculture by allowing them to experience a full season of gardening, from seed to harvest. The program also allows participants to be in close contact with nature for a very small fee: The cost of registration is only 37$ for the whole summer.
This one-of-a-kind gardening program has introduced thousands of children to urban agriculture.
Registration will take place exclusively online on the Amilia platform as of Monday February 12th 2024. The cost of registration is 38$ per child. Please note that our online registration platform only accepts payment by credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
Schedule and age required for participation
Group 1: For youth ages 8 to 11 years old
Monday and Thursday mornings - 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
Groupe 2: For youth ages 12 to 16 years old
Monday and Thursday afternoons - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Group 3: For youth ages 8 to 16 years old
Tuesday and Friday mornings - 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Division of age groups : based on birthdate and school year
Please note that we base our groups on the age used to determine a child's school grade, which is the age on the 30th of September of the current year. For example, a child who is 11 but is in 6th grade and will be 12 years old by the 30th of September, would be in the group for 12-16 years olds.
For the 2024 season, please refer to the following age groups:
- 8 to 11 years old: Born between the 1st of October 2012 and the 30th of September 2016 (in 2nd - 5th grade of primary school at the time of registration)
- 12 to 16 years old: Born between the 1st Octobre 2007 and the 30th September 2012 (in 6th grade of primary school - 4th year of secondary school at the time of registration)
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