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January 26, 2010 14:30 ET

The Government of Canada Emphasizes the National Historical Importance of One of the World's Finest Botanical Gardens

The Montreal Botanical Garden, a recognized national treasure

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Jan. 26, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, the Honourable Pierre Claude Nolin, Senator, today unveiled a Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada plaque commemorating the national historical significance of the Montreal Botanical Garden, one of the four Montreal Nature Museums.

"I am extremely proud to welcome the Montreal Botanical Garden into the network of the great family of national historic sites of Canada. This impressive island of greenery in the heart of the city totally deserves this recognition," said Senator Nolin.

Founded in 1931, this garden is the work of renowned botanist Brother Marie-Victorin, who initiated and directed the project, and landscape architect Henry Teuscher, who conceived the design. The beauty, diversity, and wealth of its collections reflect the founders' vision of the "ideal botanical garden," in terms of its aesthetic qualities, and its scientific, educational, and social functions. With its 22,000 plant species and cultivars, large exhibition greenhouses, thirty thematic gardens, and extensive Arboretum, it is one of the most important botanical gardens in the world.

"The Montreal Botanical Garden stands out due to its history, the great esthetic qualities of its gardens and the wealth and diversity of its collections used for research, conservation, presentation and education," said Minister Prentice. "It is one of the finest treasures of our Canadian heritage."

Created in 1919, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada advises the Minister of the Environment about the national historical significance of persons, places, and events that have marked Canada's history. The placement of a commemorative plaque represents an official recognition of their historical value to the country.

Parks Canada manages a nation-wide network of national historic sites that commemorate persons, places and events that have shaped Canada's history and which offer visitors the opportunity for real and inspiring discovery. Parks Canada works to ensure that Canada's historic and natural heritage is presented and protected for the enjoyment, education, appreciation and inspired discovery of all Canadians, today and in the future. In 2011, Parks Canada will celebrate its 100th anniversary.

(Also available on the Internet at www.pc.gc.ca under the Media room heading.)

Contact Information

  • Melissa Larose
    Communications officer
    Parks Canada - Quebec
    418-648-4533