The Montreal Botanical Garden at Maisonneuve Park is a dream come true for avid fans of horticulture. On 185 acres is a main greenhouse – open all year – several smaller ones plus four specialized gardens named Alpine, First Nations, Japanese and Chinese. A highly-anticipated event each autumn is the Magic of Lanterns festival in the six acre Chinese Garden. On display are nearly 1,000 silk lanterns from Shanghai where the Chinese have displayed them for New Year celebrations since the second century BC. The illuminated lanterns range from the simple to the elaborate. Depicted are animals and insects to entire armies like this one on Dream Lake with Friendship Hall in the background. You will also fancy thousands of surrounding trees, plants and flowers.