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Fall Magic at the Montreal Botanical Garden

Today’s photos come from frequent GPOD contributor Cherry Ong.

These photos might be a welcome sight as you celebrate Thanksgiving next week.

I was fortunate to have visited Montreal in September, and I thoroughly enjoyed their botanical garden. Here are some highlights of their exhibition gardens. I really love how they nested their pumpkins.

I would recommend that any avid gardener visit their gardens. Bring comfortable shoes, a hat, and lots of water when you visit.

Echinacea ‘Kismet Intense Orange’Echinacea ‘Kismet Intense Orange’ (Zones 4–9) set in a sea of silver Artemisia mauiensis ‘Makana Silver’ (Zones 9–11 or as annual)

decorative gourdsTwiggy nests are filled with decorative gourds for the fall.

ZinniasZinnias (Zinnia elegans, annual) can’t take a frost, but right up to that moment, they can bring beautiful autumnal shades to the garden.

Sedum ‘Lemon Ball’This living arch is planted with Sedum ‘Lemon Ball’ (Zones 4–9) and Begonia ‘Canary Wings’ (annual).

begonias close upClose-up of the begonias growing on the arch

Wouldn’t you like to take a moment on a sunny autumn day to sit in these chairs and enjoy the sea of flowers around you?

A flower bed mixes annuals, perennials, and shrubs, all the flowers united by the shared red-to-pink colors.

With a garden this beautiful, it is little wonder that lots of people are enjoying it.

dark-leaved elephant earA dark-leaved elephant ear (possibly Colocasia esculenta ‘Black Magic’, Zones 8–10 or as annual) contrasts boldly with a bed of ornamental grasses.

tuberous begoniaA bright tuberous begonia (Begonia × tuberosa ‘On Top Sun Glow’, annual)


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  1. garden1953 11/21/2019


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    meander_michaele 11/21/2019

    Wow, that is really a spectacular public many wonderful sights and ideas...both big and small. Hard not to want run out out and buy one last round of little pumpkins and gourds to try my hand at the adorable nesting look in containers. And, big YOWZA on that arch...what a masterpiece of plant pairing, technical skill and artistry...quite an undertaking with a drool worthy result. Thanks for taking the great photos and passing them on.

    1. perenniallycrazy 11/22/2019

      Thanks Michaele. Hope you get to visit in the near future. I think you would enjoy it very much,

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    simplesue 11/21/2019

    Those dark leaf Elephant Ears are outstanding next to the fine green ornamental grass!

    1. perenniallycrazy 11/22/2019


  4. cheryl_c 11/21/2019

    The contrast of the echinacea against the artimesia, of the gourds against their twiggy nesting material, of the elephant ears behind the silver blue green of the grass - what excitement lies in this garden! Thanks for sharing yet another fastastic round of photos, Cherry!

    1. perenniallycrazy 11/22/2019

      You're welcome. It was a lot of fun to visit.

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    treasuresmom 11/21/2019

    My, my, it is all so pretty. Thanks for sharing, Cherry!

    1. perenniallycrazy 11/22/2019

      You're welcome. The garden is quite large too - it literally took me the entire day to see it.

  6. btucker9675 11/21/2019

    What a wonderful place - that sedum/begonia arch is magnificent. Thanks for sharing your day at this beautiful botanical garden!

    1. perenniallycrazy 11/22/2019

      I had to wait awhile for the visitors to finish their selfies with the arch before taking some photos of it. Wish there was less sun for the photo that day but then that would've detracted from the entire experience of the visit.

  7. [email protected] 11/21/2019

    I've been thinking I would like to visit Montreal, and here is another reason! Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. perenniallycrazy 11/22/2019

      You're welcome. Easy to visit from Downtown via subway.

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    GeorgeMendoza 11/22/2019

    It's so beautiful!

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    FlorenceThibodeau 11/26/2019

    Wow! I love it! Great job!

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