These 7 Montreal Boroughs Are Giving Away Free Plants & Soil In May — Here's Where To Go

Don't worry if your thumb is more chartreuse than emerald. 🌿

MTL Blog, Associate Editor
​A plant stall at Montreal's Atwater Market.

A plant stall at Montreal's Atwater Market.

Several Montreal boroughs are issuing a playful call-to-shovels, inviting its citizens to sprinkle their own brand of magic on their balconies and gardens. The annual city-wide plant giveaway is set to sprout at the end of the month.

The weekend of May 27 and 28, areas of the city from Rosemont and the Plateau to Hochelaga and Outremont have a diverse selection of free plants, from hearty vegetables to whimsical ornamental vines and edible flowers.

While there will be no discrimination between those with green thumbs and those with a history of planticide, some boroughs require registration to receive your free bounty.

Residents of participating boroughs will be able to take home multiple plants — just be ready to show proof of residence to claim your botanical buddies.

Attendees are encouraged to bring reusable bags. Those bringing their own shovel and containers can get complimentary compost and wood chips.

The green initiative neatly dovetails with The Great Gardening Weekend at the Montreal Botanical Garden, hosted by Espace pour la vie from May 26 to 28.

Whether your apartment is closer to a mini-jungle or a succulent graveyard, don't miss out on a "plantastic" weekend plan:


When: May 27, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


  • La Maison de l’amitié: avenue Duluth Est, between rue Saint-Dominique and rue De Bullion
  • La Maison d'Aurore: rue Garnier, between boulevard Saint-Joseph Est and rue Gilford
  • Les Amis du Champ des Possibles: rue Saint-Viateur Ouest, between rue Waverly and avenue de l'Esplanade


When: May 27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


  • Hochelaga-Maisonneuve:
  • Mercier Ouest:
  • Mercier Est:

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The Sud-Ouest

When: May 27, 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.


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\u200bA patch of tulips by the road.

A patch of tulips by the road.

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When: May 27, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Where: Wilfrid-Bastien Park, 8255, boul. Lacordaire

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Several people hold up trays of flowers.

Several people hold up trays of flowers.

Courtesy of Pierrefonds-Roxboro

When: May 27, 9 a.m to 12 p.m.

Where: Borough Hall of Pierrefonds-Roxboro, 13665, boul. de Pierrefonds

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When: May 27, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Where: Centre d'activités Étienne-Desmarteau, 3430, rue de Bellechasse

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When: May 28, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Îlot Saint-Viateur, 1311, av. St-Viateur

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Sofia Misenheimer
MTL Blog, Associate Editor
Sofia Misenheimer is an award-winning writer, editor and former radio journalist with a passion for finding hidden gems in the city.