What could be better than a pleasant stroll through a garden to help you feel your connection with the Earth and realize just how much Nature dwells within us? That’s exactly what Espace pour la vie has in store for you during its Gardens of Light, from September 7 to October 31, at the Jardin botanique de Montréal. This year, to make sure you get the most out of this opportunity for contemplation, visitors must reserve a specific time when they purchase tickets. You’ll be able relax at your own pace in the three cultural gardens that make up the Jardin botanique, all splendidly lit up for the occasion.
In the Chinese Garden with its hundreds of lanterns, you can delight in a fabulous fishing tale as you linger next to the water. In the Japanese Garden, you’ll get in touch with the seasons and the subtle changes that occur in nature, while in the First Nations Garden, an illuminated multimedia experience will have you swaying to the beating heart of the Circle of Life.
A unique opportunity for renewal
The Japanese pay close attention to the cycle of the seasons and take the time to admire the subtle or spectacular changes that occur in nature. Here in the Japanese Garden, as fall gently steals in, an audiovisual projection on the Japanese Pavilion offers a simple and elegant prelude to your nighttime visit. The soft lighting along the path reveals the plants’ colours and textures and emphasizes the gracefulness of the pavilions and the harmony of the site. Stroll through this peaceful garden and savour the moment.
A fabulous fishing story, bathed in light
In China, water is the breath and living pulse of the Earth and represents intelligence, wisdom, softness and flexibility. Water also figures in countless tales and legends, in the form of fantastic figures and beasts like the powerful water dragon. So with this in mind, Espace pour la vie will be telling a wondrous fishing story this year, as you stroll along the water’s edge. The traditional Chinese tale features an impressive fish called He Luo Yu, a mythical creature with one head and ten bodies. To escape fishermen, it turns itself into… a bird!
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First Nations Garden
A pure moment of symbiosis with nature
Visitors will be delighted to see that the First Nations Garden is joining the Gardens of Light again this year, and illuminating its Sacred Tree. They can admire the giant poplar as it is covered with different colours representing the Circle of Life, a symbol of the journey through the seasons and nature’s constant changes.
|Starting this year, visitors must select a time for their visit when purchasing their tickets. You can reserve tickets any time on web site, and it is strongly recommended that you don’t delay, to make sure you can reserve for the time you want.
It will not be possible to tour the illuminated path without reservations. Your ticket to the Gardens of Light will give you access to the Jardin botanique, which you can visit any time that same day.
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Nature dwells within us
In 2018, Espace pour la vie is looking at the many ways of dwelling on our planet. It’s a source of inspiration for some, and a call to reflection and dialogue for others, leading to citizen-based initiatives. This year at Espace pour la vie, nature dwells within us more than ever!
Espace pour la vie is made up of four attractions on the same site: the Biodôme, Insectarium, Jardin botanique and Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan. These four prestigious municipal institutions form Canada's largest natural science museum complex. Together, they are launching a daring, creative urban movement, urging everyone to rethink the connection between humankind and nature and cultivate a new way of living.
Montréal Space for Life is made up of four attractions on the same site: the Jardin botanique, Biodôme, Insectarium and Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan. These four prestigious municipal institutions form Canada's largest natural science museum complex. Together, they are launching a daring, creative urban movement, urging everyone to rethink the connection between humankind and nature and cultivate a new way of living.