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A collection of tools at the Youth Gardens
Photo: Jardin botanique de Montréal (Michel Tremblay)
A collection of gardening tools at the Youth Gardens.
  • A collection of gardening tools at the Youth Gardens.
  • Jardins-jeunes 2020
  • Jardins-jeunes 2020
  • Jardins-jeunes 2020
  • Composting
  • A collection of watering cans.
  • Jardins-jeunes 2020
  • Parsnip. Yum!
  • Jardins-jeunes 2020

We are happy to keep the Youth Gardens on the schedule this year!

Here are the new standards that we are applying in the COVID-19 context. These standards could change according to the evolution of the health situation during the summer since our priority is to ensure the children's and our personnel's safety.

1. Physical distancing
Keep a distance of 1 meter between participants and 2 meters between a child and an adult. Organize the physical environment that favors the maintenance of this distance between all individuals.

2. Encourage outdoor activities
Favor outdoor sites for the programming of activities and limit the use of indoor premises.

3. Limitation of physical contact
Minimize direct and indirect contact between individuals, in particular by scheduling activities and games that limit the sharing of non-disinfected equipment between participants (e.g. hoes, dibbles).

4. Hygiene measures
Rigorously apply and enforce sanitary rules, including cleaning and disinfection of premises and equipment, furnishings and sanitary facilities, and personal hygiene routines, including hand washing of participants and employees.

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The Youth Gardens will certainly be different this year, but we are doing everything we can to make it fun and we can't wait to meet our young gardeners!

Sow, plant and harvest

For ages 8 to 15

Do you want to discover the taste of vegetables that you have grown yourself? At the Jardin botanique's Youth Gardens, you will grow and harvest your vegetables and herbs.

About your program

This year, the Youth Gardens will be held in compliance with the standards set by the Direction de la santé publique with regard to day camps.

However, these new directives and the situation experienced this spring require us to review our offer.

  • Sowing, planting and small garden maintenance planned for March, April, May and June has been canceled.

  • Throughout the summer, from June 29 to August 21, gardening for the Youth Gardens' groups will take place.

  • The vegetable race and the closing party as we know them will be canceled. Our young participants will of course be able to harvest, in late August and / or September. We will keep participants informed during the season.

In the Youth Gardens, you're the one who grows your own vegetable garden!

Space for Life brings together the Biodôme, the Insectarium, the Jardin botanique and the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan of Montréal. These exceptional sites allow you to explore the innumerable facets of life and nature.

The Youth Gardens were established more than 80 years ago by the founder of the Jardin botanique, Brother Marie-Victorin, to give young city dwellers the opportunity for an inexpensive contact with nature. That tradition continues: it costs only $30 for the whole summer!

This exceptional gardening program has introduced thousands of kids like you to urban agriculture. Expert educators will guide you through every step, from sowing to harvesting.

Here's what you and your parents need to know:

  • This year, the kids will therefore work collaboratively on collective spaces rather than in individual small gardens. As usual, there will be a huge variety of vegetables and fruits to grow.

  • The young people will be placed in subgroups for gardening and there will be rotations, thus, all will get the chance to cultivate everything. The crops will be divided equally among all.

  • Traffic on the Youth Gardens site will be prohibited for parents.

  • To meet the new standards and ensure everyone's safety, the number of children admitted is reduced. We will therefore receive 30 children for the group aged 8-11 and 40 children for the group aged 12-15.

Practical information


By mail only, starting on February 1, 2020. Send in the duly completed registration form, along with your cheque payable to: Friends of the Jardin botanique de Montréal. Once we have received your form and payment, we will send you an information sheet as well as your receipt.

Please note that all camp activities are run in French.

Registration period has ended


In learning to garden, youngsters have to be committed. They must participate in a minimum of ten half-days of gardening during the summer. They can’t miss more than six half-days – the equivalent of three weeks – say, if they want to go away on vacation with their families. 


Age 8 to 11

  • Monday and Thursday - 8:45 to 11:45 a.m.
  • Tuesday and Friday - 8:45 to 11:45 a.m.

Age 12 to 15

  • Monday and Thursday - 1 to 4 p.m.

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Grandparent - Grandchild gardening

This program is not available this year due to COVID-19.

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Children with special needs

Gardening is an activity for all ages and doesn’t require much experience, especially under the guidance of horticulturists and expert educators. We’re happy to welcome children with special needs into the youth groups. We provide horticultural supervision, but an adult must accompany the child at all times.

Call us for more information and to register your child.

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Youth Gardens (Jardins-jeunes)
(Jardin botanique)

4101, rue Sherbrooke Est
Montréal (Québec)  H1X 2B2
Metro: Pie-IX
Phone: 514 872-0956
Fax: 514 872-3765

Email: [email protected]

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The Youth Gardens will certainly be different this year, but we are doing everything we can to make it fun and we can't wait to meet our young gardeners!


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