Foundation of the Japanese Garden and Pavilion of Montreal

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The Montreal Botanical Garden. A Space for Life

A corner of Japan in Montreal

The Japanese garden was the first cultural garden established at the Montreal Botanical Garden. Since its opening in 1988, the Japanese garden has received millions of visitors: Montrealers, tourists, nature and horticulture enthusiasts, people passionate about Japanese culture and  members of the Japanese community who come to rediscover their roots or memories

The world nicely describe the Japanese garden: tranquility and serenity. Like an oasis in the middle of the city, it is a site suited to contemplation, reflection and meditation.

Pavilion in winter

The main entrance lies at the elegant Japanese pavilion. A cultural window on Japan, the pavilion offers visitors exhibitions and other activities, including a demonstration of the ancestral tea ceremony. The pavilion also provides access to a courtyard where several examples of its rich traditional collection of bonsai trees are displayed.

Behind the Japanese pavilion lies the vast promenade garden that offers to the visitors a variety of natural scenery, including the magnificent pond with its colorful carps, its smalls islands and waterfalls.


During the Heian period in Japan (794-1185), aristocrats organized celebrations under the flowering cherry trees. This led to the tradition of o-hanami: contemplating (mi) the blossoms (hana). The custom spread over the centuries, becoming popular with people from all walks of life.

Japanese cherry trees are not very hardy and seldom bloom in our climate, but our many flowering crabapples will create a similarly peaceful and romantic atmosphere.

Some activities are also provided to make your picnic enjoyable:

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Cherry blossoms
Arashi Daïko
Arashi au Hanami
Ken-jutsu - Martial Art


Ikebana, the Japanese art of floral arranging, is an ancient art.  In Japanese the word is written with two characters:  ike (), which means “to live” and bana (), which means “flower”.  The literal translation is living flower, or the art of bringing flowers to life.

Ikebana is therefore the art of using a flower to symbolize nature, to create the perfect flower, to arrange its natural beauty, even with its imperfections.

The first annual presentation at the Japanese pavilion is that of the Société Ikenobo Ikebana de Montréal.
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Ikebana style ....


Every fall since 2015, the garden and the Japanese pavilion light up …

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Illuminated pavilion

The Montreal Japanese Garden and Pavilion Foundation

The Foundation is a non-profit organization that was established in 1989. Its objectives are to promote better knowledge of Japanese culture by supporting various activities of the garden and its Japanese pavilion. Hence through the maintenance and the creation of new links with Japan, the foundation fosters unique relationships between Japanese and Canadian people. Among other events, the Foundation is involved in the organization of the 0-hanami (お花見) spring picnic, and the presentation of the traditional tea ceremony.