Montreal's Gardens of Light returns to illuminate the Botanical Gardens next week

Aug 28 2019, 10:31 am

As it does every fall, the Botanical Garden will shine bright with thousands of lights as the annual Gardens of Light returns from September 6 to October 31.

Espace pour la vie invites everyone to discover the cultural riches of the three gardens along an illuminated pathway in its flagship autumn event.

“Every aspect of the circuit from the design of the lanterns, to the arrangement of the illuminated objects, and the atmosphere created — is deeply rooted in a rich culture and in perfect symbiosis with it,” reads the Garden’s press release. “Gardens of Light, in addition to the illuminated circuit, is an authentic gateway to three fascinating and inspiring cultures.”

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The venue is split up into three gardens: The Chinese Garden, the First Nations Garden, and the Japanese Garden.

Gardens of Light

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The Chinese Garden

“Let yourself be swept away by a fabulous lantern-lit fishing tale. In the midst of this voyage in the purest Chinese tradition, the awe-inspiring fish He Luo Yu, a mythical creature with one head and ten bodies, suddenly surfaces and, to escape those bent on its capture, turns into a bird!”

The First Nations Garden

“Take some time to admire the Sacred Tree, the giant poplar lit up with different colours representing the Circle of Life, a symbol of the initiatory journey through the seasons and nature’s constant changes.”

The Japanese Garden

“In Japan, the cycle of the seasons is considered to be very important and people like to take time to admire the subtle or spectacular changes that occur in nature. In the Japanese Garden, as the autumn slowly settles in, mellow lighting reveals the colours and textures of plants, emphasizing the elegance of the pavilions and harmony of the site. Adjust your pace to the rhythm of the various scenes, and savour the moment.”

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Botanical Garden organizers urge guests to book your tickets in advance as “they were a really big hit last year.”

In order to deal with the garden’s high volume of guests, the Botanical Garden is issuing timed tickets. “To ensure that you can truly enjoy the¬†Gardens of Light,¬†you have to¬†reserve a specific time¬†for your visit when you buy your tickets.¬†That way you’ll be able to stroll freely through the Jardin botanique’s three cultural gardens.”

No admission will be granted to guests without reservations.

For more information, check out the Espace pour la vie website.

Gardens of Light

When: September 6 to October 31
Time: 9 am Р9 pm (Sunday РThursday), 9 am Р10 pm (Friday РSunday)
Where: Botanical Garden, 4101 rue Sherbrooke Est
Price: $8 – $16, available online