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Montreal Botanical Garden
URL:Goto this web site  http://www.ville.montreal.qc.ca/jardin/jardin.htm 
Name:Montreal Botanical Garden 

Alternate Name:Jardin Botanique 
Address:4101 Sherbrooke Street East 
Mailing Address: 
Postal Code:H1X 2B2 
Latitude/Longitude:lat=45.5599; long=-73.5545
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Designer(s):Nakajima Ken; Hiraoka Hisato (architect of Pavilion) 
Contruction Date:1988 
Admission:Admission prices vary by season 
Added to JGarden:1/1/1997 
Last Updated:11/8/2002 
JGarden Description:Maisonneuve Park

Contains over thirty gardens including:
an elaborate Chinese Garden with authentic shrines, penjing display, a Japanese Garden, cultural centre, rock garden, and bonsai display.

The garden was developed with the assistance of Montreal's sister city, Hiroshima. It was goal of the Director at the time, Pierre Bourque, to develop cultural gardens within the larger botanical garden. 

Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto
Only in the cloister
Could such a garden thrive, a soil where nature
    Flowers in spiritual dryness,
Drawing an interior nurture
    From sand and rock.

Where the labyrinth of illusion
    No longer entangles the senses
Enmeshing vision in delusive lusters;
Where the lust of the eyes is silenced
And desire of forms, and names of forms,
    Move to no visible end.

Those who planted here
Sowed no ephemeral seed
For the seasonal tempests to scatter,
But the silent root that ripens in detachment,
    Flowers in renunciation.

Gardeners of eternity,
Those who planted here
    Framed the garden in the image of a desert
    And the desert in the image of a sea --
Then shrunk the seas to the mind's salt and, tasting,
    Dissolved all thought away.

On these rocks no water breaks. Without attrition
Tides and currents in this ocean rest and revolve
    In a void of sound, vortex of sand; perpetual
Circles enmesh and paralyzed sea and air:
The effigy of time and measure
    Purged of time and measure

Becalmed on this dead sea of being
No wave moves, no wind of desire
    Flexes the indolent sail.
But focussing its single eye
On dreamless immobility
The gulf like a burnished mirror
    Regards the empty void.

In this dead sea of vision the surges
Merge without movement; the tides
Indifferent to flood and ebb
    Freeze in a flux of haste.
The seagull without motion
Broods on the changeless waste,
Then sinks, his feathers frozen,
    In a sand ocean.

Frail caravels who sail
This subtle gulf, morte mer,
Who stir with urgent keel
The fossil waters of the Great Mirage,
    Or steer by lodestone to delusive ports:

In this calm beyond stasis, dead calm,
No compass points to the land,
    No magnet of attachment
    Guides the helmsman's hand
Through fifteen naked rocks in raked and rhythmic sand.

Here is no sea for the admirals,
The whalers, the merchants of cargoes --
    Those finite venturers for the temporal haven.
These depths are destination,
And naufrage sweeter than harbor.
    Shipwreck is haven on this inland sea.

  John M. Steadman
  20th Century

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