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Harvest time at the Youth Gardens
Photo: Martine Larose
Jardins-jeunes 2020
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  • A collection of gardening tools at the Youth Gardens.
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  • Composting
  • A collection of watering cans.
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  • Parsnip. Yum!
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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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Sow, plant and harvest

A gardening program for youth aged 8 to 15 years old

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 a wide variety of vegetables and herbs..

This year, the Youth Gardens will be held from June 28 to August 20, in compliance with the standards set by the Direction nationale de la santé publique with regard to day camps. To meet the new standards and ensure that everyone stays safe, all young people will garden in their own small individual plots, with an unoccupied buffer zone between all plots. They’ll take care of the community gardens and the permaculture garden in alternating small groups. This way, all participants will have a chance to grow a bit of everything. At the end of the season (late August, early September), they’ll be able to harvest what they’ve grown.

New stuff for 12-to-15-year-olds this year!

Young people in this group will learn to follow a small garden plan, do the planning for the community garden planting and expand their market gardening skills.

The following activities are planned, but haven’t been confirmed yet because of the current uncertainty surrounding public health measures:

  • Sowing and transplanting in the greenhouses, in the spring
  • Small garden preparation (sowing and planting), in the spring
  • Joint group end-of-season celebrations, at the end of the summer

Please note that all Youth Gardens activities are run in French.

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.

Commitment & capacity

In learning to garden, youngsters have to be committed. To learn proper gardening techniques and help them stay motivated throughout the vegetable-growing season, youths have to take part in sowing and planting, as well as at least one period of garden maintenance in May and June. They must participate in a minimum of twelve 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. They then have to appoint a friend from their group to take care of their vegetable plot. Youths who cannot keep their commitments will see their vegetable plots taken over by the group. Note that participants who cannot show up because of a COVID-19-related issue will not have their absence counted against them.

To meet the new standards and ensure everyone's safety, we will receive 60 children for the 2 group aged 8-11 and 62 children for the group aged 12-15. Traffic on the Youth Gardens site will be prohibited for parents.

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Practical information


New! This year, registration will take place exclusively online, starting February 15, 2021.

Please note that children must be at least 8 years old as of June 24 in order to take part in Group 1 and 2 activities.

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Age 8 to 11

Group 1
Monday and Thursday - 8:45 to 11:45 a.m.

Group 2
Tuesday and Friday - 8:45 to 11:45 a.m.

Age 12 to 15

Groupe 3
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. Please call us for more information and to verify if it's possible to respond to your child's needs before register him.

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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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