Unlike a traditional rose garden, the 10,000 roses in the collection are laid out in winding beds flanked by trees and shrubs and provide a symphony of color in a natural setting.
The original section contains mass plantings of many modern varieties not fully hardy in Canada's climate. Covered with huge polyfoam blankets during the winter, they provide the general public with valuable lessons on winter care of roses in a northern climate.
The new section of the garden showcases species, Old Garden Roses and hardy modern Shrub roses. These include Canada's "Explorer" and "Parkland roses, Buck and Austin roses and many others.
The greatness of the Rose Garden at the Montreal Botanical Garden rests on its outstanding modern design, its wide range of varieties, its educational value and its sheer beauty, and the fact that it is in such a harsh northern climate makes it all the more remarkable.