Please note that registration for the Youth Gardens will open
on Monday February 13, 2023 at 9 a.m
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Sow, plant and harvest.
At the Youth Gardens, you'll cultivate your very own garden plot!
A gardening program for youth ages 8 to 15
Do you want to discover the taste of vegetables that you grew yourself? At the Jardin botanique's Youth Gardens, you’ll cultivate and harvest a wide variety of vegetables, fruits and herbs.
Here is how the program works
In May and June, as soon as the weather permits, you’ll dedicate several hours, on certain weekends and evenings, to sowing seeds, planting seedlings and tending to your garden plot.
All summer long, between the 26th of June and the 18th of August, you’ll garden two half-days per week for a total of 16 gardening sessions throughout the summer. Watering, removing weeds, harvesting… Gardening is exciting, especially when you’re in the company of friends and knowledgeable educators ready to teach you all about gardening while having fun.
After the 18th of August, you’ll attend an evening harvest session. Then, at the beginning of Septembre, you’ll return to your garden plot for one last big harvest and to celebrate the end of the season during the «Carnaval végétal».
*The Youth Gardens will be open on statutory holidays during the summer
Note: The exact dates of special activities (seed sowing and planting, evening garding and harvest sessions, etc.) will be announced in advance to participants by e-mail several weeks prior to each activity.
New this year!
Gardening group for youth ages 8 through 15
In order to make it easier for families with siblings to participate, as a pilot project for 2023 we will be offering a group open to kids ages 8 through 15, on Tuesday and Friday mornings. Participating in this group is also a good opportunity for older more experienced gardeners to share their knowledge and help younger participants.
To ensure a good balance between kids aged 8-11 and those 12-15, the number of spots for each age group will be limited to half of the group.
Division of age groups: based on birthdate and school year
- 8 to 11 years: Born between the 1st of October 2011 and the 30th of September 2015 (be in 2nd - 5th grade of primary school at the time of registration)
- 12 to 15 ans: Born between the 1st Octobre 2007 and the 30th September 2011 (be in 6th grade of primary school - 3rd year of secondary school at the time of registration)
The Youth Gardens program is the modern day version of the "Jardinets d'écoliers" (school-children’s gardens) that were established in 1938 under the supervision of Brother Marie-Victorin, founder of the Jardin botanique de Montréal. The goal of the programme remains the same to this day: to introduce urban youth to agriculture by allowing them to experience a full season of gardening, from seed to harvest. The program also allows participants to be in close contact with nature for a very small fee: The cost of registration is only 37$ for the whole summer.
This one-of-a-kind gardening program has introduced thousands of children to urban agriculture.
Registration will take place exclusively online on the Amilia platform as of Monday February 13th 2023. The cost of registration is 37$ per child. Please note that our online registration platform only accepts payment by credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
Schedule and age required for participation
Group 1: For youth ages 8 to 11 years old
Monday and Thursday mornings - 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
Groupe 2: For youth ages 12 to 15 years old
Monday and Thursday afternoons - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Group 3: New For youth ages 8 to 15 years old
Tuesday and Friday mornings - 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Division of age groups : based on birthdate and school year
Please note that we have made some minor changes to the ages required to participate in the program. We now base our groups on the age used to determine a child's school grade, which is the age on the 30th of September of the current year. For example, a child who is 11 but is in 6th grade and will be 12 years old by the 30th of September, would be in the group for 12-15 years olds.
For the 2023 season, please refer to the following age groups:
- 8 to 11 years old : Born between the 1st of October 2011 and the 30th of September 2015 (in 2nd - 5th grade of primary school at the time of registration)
- 12 to 15 years old : Born between the 1st Octobre 2007 and the 30th September 2011 (in 6th grade of primary school - 3rd year of secondary school at the time of registration)
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