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Montreal Botanic Gardens Tour- September 14 – 15, 2015

Monday/Tuesday – September 14 -15, 2015

Montreal Botanic Gardens & Jean-Talon Market TourMontreal Botanic Gardens

You will not want to miss this first overnight tour we’ve offered to one of the world’s top garden attractions, the Montreal Botanic Gardens, to see the famous Chinese lanterns by day and by night. You’ll have the chance to dine in Old Montreal, and spend several hours the second day at one of the largest produce markets in North America.

Leaving the Horticulture Research Center in So. Burlington at 8am, returning around 5pm on day 2, we’ll travel in a Premier luxury coach. Overnight will be at the Hotel Universel near the gardens. This tour is sponsored by Green Works, the Vermont Nursery and Landscape Association (VNLA), with collaboration from UVM Extension.

Refreshments will be served going and coming, and the videos on the bus will give you an overview of these gardens—among the largest in the world—at various seasons, and showcase other gardens on the way back. The tour price includes admission to the greenhouse conservatories, gardens, and Insectarium (celebrating its 25th anniversary), and includes an optional hour guided tour. Also included are the hotel, breakfast day two, and driver gratuity. Lunch on day one may be purchased at the gardens, or you may bring your own. There are many eateries at the market, as well as fresh produce, for dining day two.

The display of hundreds of hand-made silk Chinese lanterns is colorful with details easily seen in daylight, but is stunning by night. Each year the main display represents a new theme and new lanterns, some floating in the pond, some over 10 feet high. This display is found throughout the largest Chinese garden outside China (done in the style of the Ming Dynasty), where you’ll also find the largest Penjin (Chinese bonsai) collection in North America. Nearby you’ll find the modernistic Japanese garden, tea room and bonsai collection—also lit at night, but in a contemporary style; and many specialty gardens such as rock garden, perennials, roses, design ideas, trees and shrubs. The 11 greenhouses have changing seasonal displays, and extensive collections of plants such as orchids, begonias, ferns and cacti.

The Jean-Talon Market is one of the oldest public markets in Montréal, originally opening in 1933 as the “Marché du Nord” (north-end market). Later it was renamed in honour of the first Intendant of New France. Its 12 buildings house around 300 local fruit and vegetable vendors, as well as vendors of heirloom varieties, flowers, spices, soaps, mushrooms, oils, cheese, meat, fish, artisanal bakery goods, ice cream, crepes, as well as regional products from all over Québec. Quite a few of these products can be brought back into the U.S.—we’ll cover the specifics prior to our visit. Bring your camera, as the displays are stunning and quite artistic. You’re bound to see some fruits and vegetables you’ve never seen before. (On Trip Advisor, this market was rated excellent or very good by 93% of the over 300 reviewers, and it is rated as one of the top 10 attractions to see in Montreal.) Surrounding the Market are numerous cafes and restaurants, perfect for a coffee or lunch. Located in Little Italy, there are several shops nearby you can check out, including an Italian grocer and extensive spice shop. We’ll have the morning and mid-day there to take in all the sights, and to lunch where and as you wish on your own.

Join, meet and learn from others with garden interests, and learn some of the latest research and updates from UVM –all part of this tour. Any family or friends interested in joining you? Send in your registration NOW in order to guarantee seats on this relaxing, comfortable and educational tour. Register early for a discount.

Required for border crossing will be one of the following: U.S. passport, passport card, or Enhanced Drivers License.  If you need to obtain one of these, please allow at least 4 to 6 weeks.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Leonard Perry, 802-656-2630 by May 30, so we may assist you.


The cost of the tour is $229 per person(double occupancy) prior to May 15 and $249 (double occupancy) per person from May 16-August 7. The cost to register for a single room is an additional $90. Tour cost includes luxury motor coach, refreshments going and coming, driver gratuity and admission to the greenhouse conservatories, gardens, and Insectarium (celebrating its 25th anniversary), and includes an optional hour guided tour. Also included are the hotel, and breakfast day two.

Return all registrations by August 7 (early registration by May 15, as above) to:  to:  Green Works/VNLA, Kristina MacKulin, PO Box 92, N. Ferrisburgh, VT   05473.

Refund Policy: Cancellation before August 7, 2015– complete refund less a $30 processing fee

Cancellation after August 7, but before August 28, 2015– 50% refund

Cancellation on or after August 28, 2015– no refund

Requests for cancellation must be received in writing.

Montreal Bus Tour Registration September, 2015

Confirmation receipt, itinerary, and directions to departure sites will be mailed prior to the tour. For questions on registration and payment, contact Kristina (802-425-5117). For other questions, contact tour host Dr. Leonard Perry (UVM Horticulture Professor,, 802-656-2630).

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