During my 24 hours in Montreal, I decided to visit only two city’s attractions, one per day. I spent my first day admiring the old town and focusing my attention on beautiful Notre-Dame Basilica. Next day I devoted to The Montreal Botanical Garden conveniently located near the city center. Founded in 1931, it is recognized as one of the largest and most beautiful botanical gardens in the world. With its 22000 plants, flowers, and trees, it is not surprising that it receives 700000 visitors per year. Chinese and Japanese gardens are the most popular but the are many other equally beautiful like rose garden, lily garden, and shade garden, just to mention a few. They often evolve from week to week depending on blooming seasons. The outside area is closed in winter but 10 indoor greenhouses remain open all year round. There is so much to see there, you can easily spend a whole day exploring.
I had to drive back home on the day of my visit so I only had a few hours to spare. This is why I decided to skip all indoor attractions and concentrate just on an outdoor portion of the park. I took advantage of the perfect summer day to stroll among variety of different theme gardens. There was a lot of walking involved but with gorgeous flowers everywhere it felt like heaven. This is truly a remarkable garden. The grounds are manicured to perfections. I liked Chinese and Japanese gardens but my favorite were just beds of flowers bursting with colors. I was so preoccupied with admiring the surroundings, I did not even notice that my allowed five hours went by. With sadness, I had to leave. But before that, I had a nice meal at beautifully garden-like outdoor café. That was a great ending to my visit to Montreal.