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80 years of history & archives at the Botanical Garden >> Historical Path >> Stop 2 - The building and the greenhouses [2 of 2]: Steady growth Français

The building and the greenhouses


Steady growth

The first facilities erected at the Garden in 1932 were an administration building, a boiler house and a greenhouse – the bare essentials!

Production and exhibition greenhouses came later, and were officially opened in 1956 to mark the Botanical Garden's 25th birthday. In those days, a paved road separated the main building and the greenhouses.

It wasn't until the whole building was renovated in 1994 that the reception greenhouse was built, linking the building with the ten exhibition greenhouses.

 

Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives) - call number:c0143_IMG022

Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives)
Work on the greenhouses began in 1939. But recently elected Quebec Premier Adélard Godbout scorned the project as "a few ferns in a Garden [...] to cost $11 million ..."

In 1940, his Minister of Roads and Public Works ordered work to be stopped on the outdoor gardens and the steel framework for the exhibition greenhouses to be demolished.

 
Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives) - call number:DSCN0831

Jardin botanique de Montréal (Lise Servant)

The buildings and greenhouses in 2003. Major changes were brought for the entrance and the entire area around the building in 2006.


Tropical Rainforests Conservatory
Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives) - call number:GIM000118

Jardin botanique de Montréal (Gilles Murray)


Arid Regions Conservatory
Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives)  - call number:mt0005168

Jardin botanique de Montréal (Michel Tremblay)

Major floral displays in the greenhouses

From the first Spring floral exhibition in 1956
to the more recent Butterflies Go Free and Great Pumpkin Ball,
the greenhouses have hosted many hematic displays and decors.

Spring floral exhibition - 1956 - Jardin botanique de Montréal (Wilfrid Meloche) JBM001633Fall exhibition: Thailand Garden - 1970 - Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives) JBM001696Spring and Summer exhibition: Noah's Ark - 2000 - 2001 Jardin botanique de Montréal (Michel Tremblay) JBM001920

Jardin botanique de Montréal (Wilfrid Meloche)
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Spring floral exhibition - 1956

Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives)
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Fall exhibition: Thailand Garden - 1970

Jardin botanique de Montréal (Michel Tremblay)
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Spring and Summer exhibition: Noah's Ark


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