Starting on June 30, new "large-scale garden installations" will be put up along avenue du Mont-Royal to "provide citizens with a summer experience tinged with slowness and gentle living, right in the heart of the Plateau," according to a press release shared with MTL Blog.
"With evocative themes such as La Roseraie, Le Jardin nourricier and Le Bosquet des lucioles, relaxation and appropriation zones, meeting points and a program of activities, make up an inspiring and original path for residents and Montrealers," the Société de développement de l'avenue du Mont-Royal said in the release.
The botanical garden's café terrasse has created intriguing summer treats to enjoy while lounging among flora and fauna — rhubarb ice cream, a sea buckthorn slushie — which tastes sort of tangy, tropical and tart — and wild carrots.
A tour of the Japanese Garden offers views of carp and turtles in nearby ponds, along with the Enchanting Botanical Printsexhibition by artist Sandrine de Borman.
The First Nations Garden is offering a photography exhibition, Kuugaaluk: Along the traces of our forefathers, by anthropologist and Inuit Arctic specialist Lisa Qiluqqi Koperqualuk.
The planetarium's Origins exhibit is an interstellar selection of large-format photographs by Olivier Grunewald.
The planetarium is also offering the aurōrae screening, dissecting the aurora borealis from outer space to the Earth's core.
The new dome theatres are also showing a wide variety of films this summer.
At the biodome, the exhibition La preuve par l'image shows a series of photographs that illustrate scientific research of flora and fauna, taken by researchers — some from the insectarium in Montreal.
Every month, the biodome showcases one specific species or environment to discover in its ecosystems — this month, jellyfish are on display.
In July, the biodome will showcase the foreshore, which is the area between the low and high tide, and in August, it'll showcase flatfish.
The It's Time to Act exhibition at the exit of the biodome's ecosystems highlights concrete things that ordinary people, groups, businesses and governments across the world are doing to fight climate change and help the environment.
The pedestrian strip's new design is intended to be a space where pedestrians and cyclists in Montreal can coexist, complete with "large-scale artistic installations [...] meeting points and animations" that will be set up from July 2 to September 6.
La Société de développement de l’avenue du Mont-Royal enlisted the help of different artists for seven new garden installations on the promenade, according to a news release.
A new round of garden installations
The garden installations for this summer are:
Roseraie: an immense wall-to-ground garden painting, which will envelop pedestrians "in the intense beauty of roses" (by Isabelle Duguay and Julian Palma).
Jardin nocturne: a nocturnal garden laden with fireflies and foliage (by Érick Villeneuve and Jean Beaudoin)
Jardin du solstice: a "relaxing oasis inspired by the beaches of the French Riviera" with striped umbrellas, seating and lighting under the trees for those hot summer nights (by Manuel Baumann and Stéphanie Leduc)
Gardin picnic: Three large tables covered in a canopy of greenery and lit with dim evening lighting
Le jardin de vent: Like a "pollinating corridor," it will spread out on the Avenue between the different gardens (by Émilie Proulx and Sacha Bulliard)
Cactus Garden: Planted in three stages — a mirage, an oasis and a snake — in the "Far East" of the Avenue (by Signature Design Communication)
Food Garden: For plant-lovers, this garden includes a "mediation component" for urban gardeners — the area will include mature trees, market garden wreaths and a pergola, where workshops will be offered for free (by Biovercité)
A new 'Slow Zone' pilot project
The Slow Zone pilot project will authorize two-wheeled vehicles or those on wheels without motors — such as bicycles, skates, scooters or rollerblades — to circulate on the avenue, but slowly and at the same pace as pedestrians.
From July 2 to September 6, four duo bikes will criss-cross on the avenue between Wednesday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They'll pick up all passengers for free, without reservations, but priority will be given to seniors and people with physical limitations.
Montreal's longest open-air sidewalk sale
La foire commerciale de l'été will also be coming back at the end of the summer, between August 26 and 29.
Montrealers can expect to enjoy great street food and sales before the summer winds down.
The Botanical Garden also costs $16.50 for Quebec residents. Again, no shade toward the Botanical garden (you're lovely and precious), but sometimes we want to enjoy the beauty of nature without having to pay for it.
Why You Need To Go: The Gardens were originally created during the International Floralies competition of 1980 and designed by renowned international landscape artists. Now, it's a stunning floral park to walk through.
Why You Need To Go: Montreal is blessed with city parks where beautiful flowers bloom. From La Fontaine to Angrignon, Maisonneuve to Jeanne-Mance and Westmount, you can see a variety of flowers in the city's parks, including tulips and water lilies.