March 2015 Archives

The Restorative Powers of the Montreal Botanical Garden

Botanical_Gardens_H.JPGThe main entrance (photo: GarrettRock)

From the Royal Gardens of Europe to Central Park and our own Mont Royal, architects and city planners have developed parks, gardens, and green spaces for centuries. The importance of green space is not lost on any individual that lives around them, as they increase both public health and happiness. Over the past 30 years, studies have shown that green spaces in urban areas decrease crime and stress, and improve self-esteem and attention. Landscape Ontario provides an index on the social benefits of green spaces in urban areas. Montreal's most beloved green space is the Botanical Garden where preserving and educating locals of fauna native to our region is its main goal.