Fashion Week For Gardeners

Montreal’s Botanical Garden puts the spotlight on what’s new in colours and cultivars this season – all in an effort to inspire the average gardener

Already, the grounds of Montreal’s Botanical Garden are swarming with veteran horticulturalists admiring the latest cultivars and newly minted balcony gardeners discovering how to keep their herb pots brimming.

This is the weekend they’ve been waiting for: a one-stop garden advice and shopping opportunity with 120 different exhibitors who will, in the course of the weekend, sell more than 40,000 plants.

“It’s kind of like fashion week for gardeners,” said tomato grower and filmmaker Gwynne Basen. “You get to see what’s new and all the colours. I just go to get inspired; it’s so much fun.”

The other draw, says Basen, who sells heritage tomatoes and other specialty vegetables from her farm in the Eastern Townships, is that the Garden sells its own plants, many of which cannot be found commercially.

In fact, the Garden’s own stand will sell about 11,000 plants over this three-day event.

“This year, I’m looking for some euphorbia and maybe some berberis, some beautiful shrubs,” she said. “There’s a guy who grows these very unusual…

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