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Alpine Garden


A mountain rises: a 25-year climb

Work on creating the Alpine Garden started in 1937, but was not completed until 1962. The exceptionally lengthy process was due to both the size of the challenge of building a "mountain" with very rudimentary resources and the long interruption caused by the Second World War. Meanwhile, police horses grazed on the site!

Clinker and fill were laid down as a foundation, with hundreds of sedimentary rocks arranged atop them. The rocks' eroded appearance creates the illusion that they have been here forever.

 

Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives) - call number:H-1936-0037-a

Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives)
Description
Construction du Jardin alpin de 1936 à 1938.

 

Alpine Garden

Jardin botanique de Montréal
(Archives)


Description
Alpine Garden

Jardin botanique de Montréal
(Archives)


Description
Alpine Garden

Jardin botanique de Montréal
(Archives)


Description

Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives) - call number:JBM002097

Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives)
Description

From a French-Canadian newspaper, La Patrie (Montréal), 30 août 1938.


1962. The Alpine Garden opened.

The plants grew slowly at first, leaving the stones exposed.
Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives) - call number:J-1-75

Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives)

Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives)  - cote:0300-00104

Jardin botanique de Montréal (Michel Tremblay)

The plants have filled in over the years, better masking the stones, as shown in this 2004 photograph.
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 Alpine Garden : Part 2

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Flowery Brook
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Rose Garden

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