The Great Gardening Weekend is an annual event at the Montreal Botanical Garden that celebrates the peak of spring, gardening culture, and the vast array of plants that humans have cultivated over millennia.

To promote the event, the Botanical Garden is offering free admission on its opening day!

To be clear, access to the event will be free only on Friday, May 24th, but will also include free admission to the entire Botanical Garden, an Espace pour la vie spokesperson has confirmed to MTLBlog!

The Great Gardening Weekend will continue through Sunday, May 26th, but attendees will have to purchase tickets.


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"By selecting plants suited to their environment, needs and tastes, humans have created an astounding range of varieties and an impressive 'green' heritage," the event site reads.

"Come to the Great Gardening Weekend to learn about this diversity and pick up some of the plants that have resulted from this long and patient selection process."

If this offer wasn't enticing enough, organizers will also be handing out free tree saplings while supplies last.

This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about gardening and stock up on the essentials for a beautiful summer garden.

After the event, take a stroll through the Botantical Garden's permanent exhibits while flowers are in full bloom. The arboretum and famous Chinese Garden are particularly beautiful in the spring months.

This is the perfect opportunity to plan a spring outing. Considering taking a BIXI bike to the garden to do your shopping at the Great Gardening Weekened. Then take a stroll through the rest of the Botanical Garden and complete your afternoon with a picnic in the adjacent Parc Maisonneuve.

You can watch a video preview of the Great Gardening Weekend below:

May is a packed month for the blooming Botanical Garden! On May 19th, the park will host a picnic under flowering crab apple trees! You can check out that event here!

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