Due to the popularity of this post (the fact that you’re reading it), I’ll be doing an annual blog post as soon as the information is available on when the plant give-away weekends take place across various parts of Montreal. I’ll do my best to find out when it is at least by the first weekend in May — which is when you might want to go shopping for seedlings, anyway.

2019’s event announcement is here.

If you like gardening, there’s always a weekend in May that’s our big gardening weekend. It’s like a coördinated extravaganza to get people motivated to get their plants into the ground at the best possible time. Events usually happen the same weekend, including native and ornamental plant sales such as at the Botanical Garden.

Call 311 for your area. The giveaway usually begins at 9 or 10 AM, with a few (3 – 4) locations for each borough. Arrive early; the line-ups are usually half an hour to an hour long. Depending on where you go, sometimes coffee and snacks are graciously provided by a sponsor.

This same weekend is when some (not all) boroughs of the Ville give away plants to residents for their balconies and yards. They are not well-advertised because even without advertising, they still draw a huge crowd.

Remember to bring your ID, a pail for your compost, and a sturdy bin or bags for your plants

BCLH’s Rewilding service is available during the April – June migration and planting season.

If you’re considering turning your driveway into a green driveway, converting a portion of your yard and garden to no-mow or low-mow or native plants, or you’d like to take practical action to save the birds, contact me.

This blog post first published May, 2016 and I’ve updated it most years since then.

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