A Little Facelift for the Leslie Hancock Garden

August 29, 2011  •  Leave a Comment
City of Montreal "SIDEWALK WORK" Signs along the new Wooded Pathway

City of Montreal "SIDEWALK WORK" Signs along the new Wooded Pathway

The Leslie Hancock Garden is nestled amongst large conifers just north of the main ponds in the heart of the Arboretum. It’s well sheltered from winds, cold weather and in the summer the sun has limited penetration. This makes this little part of the Montreal Botanical Garden warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. It’s sheltered location with just a few little dirt paths leading in and out of this garden also make it one of the least known and more often missed places in the entire Botanical Garden.

This is all by design as the Leslie Hancock Garden is home to more southern plants that need the milder protected environment to survive the local winters.The protection from wind allows for snow to accumulate undisturbed to insulate a prized collection of Rhododendrons and Azalias.

New wooded pathway in Leslie Hancock Garden - Montreal - Photo by Steve Troletti

New wooded pathway in Leslie Hancock Garden - Montreal - Photo by Steve Troletti

Leslie Hancock was an avid collector of rhododendrons. His introduction of many new cultivars and cooperative work with the Montreal Botanical Garden helped create this beautiful collection of heathers on display today. Leslie Hancock himself designed the plans for this garden and donated many specimens. The Heath Garden opened in 1976, the year prior to Leslie Hancock’s death, 1977. It wasn’t until 1986, 20 years after the opening of the Garden that it was renamed the Leslie Hancock Garden, making it the only theme garden in the entire Montreal Botanical Garden named after an individual.

You won’t be able to enjoy the beauty of the Leslie Hancock Garden until next season as it comes into bloom from May through June. However you can get a sneak peak at a wonderful improvement to the grounds, a wooded path, made of round sections of Pine Tree Trunks. The first signs of improvement showed up late last fall. Now we can see the fruit of this hard work come to life, hopefully completed before next years bloom.

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Leslie Hancock Links on the web:

  1. Leslie-Hancock Garden – Montreal Botanical Garden
  2. 80 Years of History – The Leslie Hancock Garden

The Montreal Botanical Garden
4101, rue Sherbrooke Est
Montréal, Québec
Canada, H1X 2B2

Information : 514 872-1400









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