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80 years of history & archives at the Botanical Garden >> Historical Path >> Stop 22 - Youth Gardens [1 of 2]: Cultivating a love of nature Français

Youth Gardens


Cultivating a love of nature

In 1938, back when the Botanical Garden was still a huge construction site, some fifty children were already coming here to try out their green thumbs. It was perfectly natural to have children's garden plots on the site, in fact, for Brother Marie-Victorin himself felt it very important to introduce French-Canadian children to nature, as a way of encouraging them to chose careers in science. Barely three years later, there were already 200 budding gardeners at work!

 

Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives) - call number:H-1938-0023

Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives)
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Summer 1938. Marcel Racine, the first supervisor of the Young Gardeners' Own program, sowed the seeds of a tradition that is still flourishing today.

 

Fillettes dans une serre en 1939Boys in a greenhouse - 1939
Jardin botanique de Montréal
(Archives)
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Jardin botanique de Montréal
(Archives)
Description
In late 1930s, boys and girls were planting (separately!) their seedlings in one of the Botanical Garden's greenhouses.


Early in the summer of 1944, Brother Marie-Victorin is seen here offering advice to the young gardeners. This is probably one of the few last photos taken of the Botanical Garden's founder before he died in a car accident on July 15, 1944.
Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives)  - call number:FMV-07-3-3

Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives)
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 Youth Gardens : Part 2

Previous stop of the historical path:
Tree House
Next stop of the historical path:
Courtyard of the Senses

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