A Stroll in the Park:

Glorious public gardens offer relaxation and learning for all

Join us for a photographic journey of some remarkable public gardens, from expansive to intimate, in Quebec and Maine. A day spent in a lovely garden makes a delightful addition to a summer vacation.

MBG12-1749On this virtual tour you will be both inspired and delighted, as you stroll along gentle paths beside colorful flowers and peaceful water, past productive kitchen gardens and through wooded glades.


Our journey begins and ends at two notable botanical gardens, each designed on a grand scale to teach as well as to entertain. In between we will visit a medley of smaller gardens, each unique and each special.

We begin our tour at the venerable Montreal Botanical Gardens. Created at the height of the depression as ‘Park for the People’ the Montreal Botanical Gardens gardens now encompass several beautiful cultural spaces and numerous thematic display gardens–from roses to vegetables. There is also a huge greenhouse complex (open all year round) and other special indoor displays such as the Insectarium.

CM-3245After a quick stop at the nearby the Jardin Daniel A. Sequin teaching facility we progress to Quebec City.

Quebec City is like a City of Flowers, with beautiful public plantings enhancing each of the numerous historic buildings. There are also several larger parks both within the city limits and beyond that can be a pert of your visit to this part of Canada.

AS-3985Then we will visit two unique gardens situated just a mile apart on Mount Desert Island in Maine. One evokes a formal English garden, while the other was inspired by abstract Japanese principles.

The story of their creation touches on the remote community of Northeast Harbor on Mount Desert Island, and most especially of the lasting friendship between an artistically gifted local man  and some notable members of the elite summer community.

D51-3410Our final stop is to see the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens set on the picturesque Boothbay Peninsula. As with the Montreal Botanical Gardens, these are designed to both teach and inspire.

But unlike their counterpart in Montreal, the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens completely contemporary, first opening their garden to the public in 2007. But, despite their youth, the these new gardens appear amazingly mature and complete, as they are filled to the brim with stunning perennials and annuals.

Each garden on our virtual tour is a unique experience and a delightful way to spend a summer day.  All are beautifully designed and meticulously maintained, and will surely please both gardeners and non-gardeners alike


One Response to “A Stroll in the Park”

  1. Linda Hunt

    Judith, I am president of a small Church Supper Club in Brandon that meets the first Sunday of each month May – Nov. There are anywhere from 8 to 15 elderly in the group and we meet at the Congregational Fellowship Hall for a potluck supper. We try to have a guest speaker each month. I was provided your name and a copy of the Vermont Country Sampler Nov. 2017 article about you. We have no funds to pay a speaker but ask local people of interest to join us for supper and then give a short speech or slide show. Is this anything that would interest you? We would be happy listening to anything you ‘d like to share with us. The majority of our group are in their 80s – our club is a social outlet for them and was started more than 50 years ago. Please email me if you’re interested as I’m putting together our 2018 Program for distribution to our membership. I look forward to hearing from you. Linda Hunt Lhunt@mjbalch.com


Leave a Reply