Global menu

Youth Gardens

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

Our team is now working on preparations for the summer 2023 season.

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 27 to August 19, 2022, 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

Participants will be informed by email about when activities take place and any changes that may have been made. Young gardeners will be able to do their harvesting in late August and/or in September.

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 Biosphère, 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 $35 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 two preparatory activities: 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.

 Menu ⬆

Practical information


New! This year, registration will take place exclusively online, starting February 12, 2022.

Our online registration platform accepts only credit card payments (Visa and MasterCard). For other payment methods, please contact us in advance.

Please note that children must be at least 8 years old as of June 27, 2022 in order to take part in Group 1 and 2 activities.



Age 8 to 11
Born between June 28, 2010, and June 27, 2014

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
Born between June 28, 2006, and June 27, 2010

Groupe 3
Monday and Thursday - 1 to 4 p.m.

 Menu ⬆

Grandparent - Grandchild gardening

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

 Menu ⬆

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 or her.

 Menu ⬆


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]

 Menu ⬆

For suggestions of activities to as a family
Subscribe to the Family space newsletter

Add this

Share this page