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Canada’s Gardens Explode with Colors and Scents in Summer

by Ron Bernthal

Jul 10, 2024

© Space for Life

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During a Québec summer, nature puts on a unique display of vibrant seasonal scents and flashes of color. From learning about indigenous flora and traditions at Space for Life Botanical Garden and enjoying the fragrant lavender fields at Bleu Lavande, to seeing beautifully landscaped gardens at La Seigneurie de l’île d’Orléans, creating a hand-picked floral arrangement at Ferme Florale Libella, and exploring the historically and culturally rich grounds at Reford Gardens, there’s no shortage og places to experience Québec’s spring flowers.

Below is a selection of distinctive gardens across Québec, with most locations open until early autumn.

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© Reford Gardens

Space for Life, found in Montréal, has been an oasis in the middle of the city for more than 80 years. This botanical garden is recognized as one of the largest and most beautiful in the world. Boasting a rich collection of 22,000 plant species and cultivars, its 10 exhibition greenhouses and 30 thematic gardens make the venue truly spectacular. Guests are invited to explore the vibrant flora and fauna that adorn the space and learn more about the First Nations botanical traditions through guided tours, romantic rendezvous or family get-togethers. Guests looking for floral healing are encouraged to take in the peaceful energy through solitary meditation.

At Bleu Lavande in Magog, Eastern Townships, travelers experience the magic of blooming lavender fields. Considered Canada’s largest lavender farm, Bleu Lavande is not only a breathtaking burst of colors and fragrances, but it also curates as an ingredient for organic health, beauty and wellness products. Visitors are drawn to explore this floral universe whose spaces invite guests to stroll, picnic and relax. During the high season, July and August, there are seasonal programs, including various workshops and musical performances, as well as unique wellness experiences.

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© Bleu Lavande

La Seigneurie de l’île d’Orléans offers six large gardens covering 10 acres of land, offering some of the most beautiful private gardens in Canada. Carefully landscaped for nearly a decade, each garden has been specially created around a theme selected by the owner and designer of the land. Throughout the outdoor space, travelers will find indigenous plants and a variety of rare species, and can choose the guided tour and discover the magnificent fragrant gardens of the five senses. Visitors can also discover the lavender grove on a self-guided tour.

Ferme Florale Libella in Bury, Eastern Townships, are raised gardens of edible flowers, a growing lavender field and fields of mixed flowers. From flower picking to creating a custom floral arrangement, guests have an immersive experience with a workshop table and tools available to create a floral masterpiece. With a great view of Mont Mégantic, guests are encouraged to bring a picnic to enjoy the vastness of the area, including walking trails, agricultural education programs and ecology workshops.

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© Reford Gardens

Reford Gardens in Grand-Métis, Gaspésie is located about 158 miles northeast of Québec City, created by horticulturist Elise Reford. As one of the most northern gardens in North America and a National Historic Site of Canada, this botanical venue has a unique history dating back to 1926. With more than 3,500 different varieties of plants and species, including the famous Himalayan blue poppy, 15 historical and contemporary gardens, and more than 500 outdoor installations, there is lots to see and experience while visiting Reford Gardens. A culturally and artistically innovative space, the gardens welcome many artists each year to showcase an array of exhibitions throughout the grounds. Travelers can also discover many other activities including literary teas, environmental chores, training sessions, outdoor hikes, culinary events and more.

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