Jardin Botanique - Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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Jardin Botanique - Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Post  JimLewis on Thu Sep 23, 2010 9:05 pm

On our gallivanting around in the "Nawth" (as opposed to the South) last week, we got quite a bit of Bonsai doing and looking done -- starting with Bill Valavanis' 30th annual (and last!) September get-together in Rochester, NY, and ending with a heretofore undreamed of bonsai adventure in Montreal. David Easterbrook, Curator of the bonsai collection at Jardin Bontanique in Montreal was one of the presenters at Bills' meeting.

We met him a few days later at the 1200-acre botanic garden in the city's outskirts. He gave us a quick look at the overall setup, then a tour of the three -- yes, THREE -- bonsai display areas. There is a large Japanese garden, a large Chinese compound, and a compound set aside for North American plants that has a modest cvollecting of North American natives. One day we're going back to do the entire setup justice.

To start, here's a brief look at the japanese garden and some of the bonsai.

The garden itself:



Here's David and Jackie looking out over the pond:



And some Koi:



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Post  JimLewis on Thu Sep 23, 2010 9:09 pm

A few of the trees:









This is an "Ume oak."

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Post  JimLewis on Thu Sep 23, 2010 9:13 pm

One more look at the garden:


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Re: Jardin Botanique - Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Post  John Quinn on Thu Sep 23, 2010 11:01 pm

Nice...I visited the Montreal Bonsai collection about 12 years ago. Of note, David Easterbrook will be the guest artist at the Carolina Bonsai Expo in Asheville in October.

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Post  jgeanangel on Thu Sep 23, 2010 11:07 pm

Thanks for sharing Jim!!! Looks like a great place. I look forward to learning more from Mr. Easterbrook at the CBE.
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the fourth area

Post  elroy on Thu Sep 23, 2010 11:28 pm

Jim

Did you miss the tropical bonsai collection in the greenhouses?

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Re: Jardin Botanique - Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Post  JimLewis on Fri Sep 24, 2010 1:34 am

I saw some of it, but I don't do tropicals, so didn't spend much time or take any pics. They had some of them in the lobby at the entrance.

David Easterbrook is retiring as the curator at the garden next year. I think he told us he has about a thousand bonsai at his home and is looking forward to spending his time on those.

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Post  Guest on Fri Sep 24, 2010 2:25 am

JimLewis wrote:I saw some of it, but I don't do tropicals, so didn't spend much time or take any pics. They had some of them in the lobby at the entrance.

David Easterbrook is retiring as the curator at the garden next year. I think he told us he has about a thousand bonsai at his home and is looking forward to spending his time on those.

1000 bonsai!!??? and I thought I had a problem. Shocked

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Re: Jardin Botanique - Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Post  Todd Ellis on Fri Sep 24, 2010 3:04 am

I saw the Chinese collection there in 1987 on my honeymoon with spouse # "EX!" I didn't know about the collection until we went to the Botanical Garden. I used up all of the film (3 or four boxes of Kodak 110) on the trees. My "EX" didn't know I liked bonsai... until that day. I still love my bonsai! Twisted Evil lol! Montreal is a beautiful city! I would love to go back with Spouse # "Forever"!
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