The Jardin des origines: Tribute to aboriginal women

Already recognized for the quality and originality of its gardens, the Maison Saint-Gabriel museum and historic site will add a new garden inspired by the crops grown by First Nations in the 17th century.
The Jardin des origines.

The Jardin des origines will span an area of 10,500 square feet, and it will evoke the contribution of women to the founding of Montréal, particularly aboriginal women. The garden will focus on such themes as medicine, nutrition, the making of clothes, basketry and embroidery.

The shape of the turtle – a symbol of creation in many aboriginal tales – will serve as the inspiration for the garden design, and the paths will lead visitors through four zones, each corresponding to a cardinal point and a season as well as a specific colour of plants and grasses.

This living history project is meant to pay tribute to aboriginal culture and thus promote closer ties between communities.

This project is receiving financial support from the Ville de Montréal, the Government of Quebec under the Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal, and the Government of Canada.
Investment by the city: $200,000
  • The Jardin des origines.
  • The Jardin des origines.
    Photos : Ville de Montréal