The Great Celebration of Nature

20th Edition of the Plains' Horticultural RendezVous


Sowing a love of nature for 20 years!

May 10, 2015
From 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  
At the Plains of Abraham greenhouses and around
at the corner of Briand and De Bernières
(East of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec)



The Great Celebration of Nature brings the magic of spring to the Plains of Abraham every year! The National Battlefields Commission invites nature lovers to the 20th edition of this family-friendly rendezvous with horticulture. On Sunday, May 10, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the green team will throw open the greenhouse doors and offer visitors friendly plant and tree advice. Some 30 exhibitors specializing in various environmental fields will be onsite to assist and educate visitors. A wide range of activities will be offered, including talks, trees distributed by the Mon arbre à moi campaign, Canadian horses, reptiles, cricket tastings, and more.

The park’s greenhouses—among the oldest still active in Quebec—grow approximately 45,000 annual, biennial, and perennial plants that are used to beautify the Plains of Abraham and Des Braves Park. Here, tradition and state-of-the-art horticulture techniques go hand in hand. Come see for yourself at this one-day open house. The staff of the National Battlefields Commission will be on hand to answer your questions and give practical advice on plant and tree care.

Outside the greenhouses, a team of experts will share their knowledge on a variety of nature-related topics, including green practices, fungi, ragweed control, forestry, metals and minerals, birds, flowers, and much more. Members of the Friends of the Plains of Abraham and Fédération des sociétés d’horticulture et d’écologie du Québec will also be attending the Great Celebration.

The program will have something for all ages—bounce houses, craft projects using recycled inner tubes, face painting, and wood sawing demonstrations, to name but a few. Zany master landscaper Yvan Lafleur and eccentric entomologist Dolorès Bourdon will entertain the kids, who are invited to do their part to protect the planet by helping plant a tree at 1:30 p.m. Admire fascinating reptiles and spiders on display, and if you’re feeling particularly brave, take part in a cricket tasting. To mark the 350th anniversary of the arrival of the first horses in New France, we will be showcasing our ancestors’ loyal companion, the Canadian horse, with two handsome specimens onsite.

Frederick G. Todd, the landscape architect who designed the park, will explain his work and organize the kids in a fun game of hide and seek. An apothecary will be on hand to tell you more about medicinal plants used in New France. The Great Celebration of Nature is a unique opportunity for kids to learn about what archeologists do. There will be an introduction to dig methods and a presentation of the various steps involved.

Over 1,000 herbs that are grown in the park greenhouses will be given out for free to the first visitors (limited number, one plant per person). This is always a big draw, so come early!

Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs will also distribute 600 young trees to parents registered in the Mon arbre à moi (My Own Tree) program, and Association forestière des deux rives will be handing out 1,000 plants of different species. That's enough to replant a whole neighborhood!

The Commission invites visitors to learn more about its commemoration program, its sustainable development initiatives, and the park's forest inventory. Staff will be at your disposal to answer questions.

The new flyer presenting the program for the 23rd edition of the Edwin Bélanger Bandstand will be available at the Service Pavilion (near the Bandstand) and at the information booth. To save paper, the Commission asks that you view the program online.

To make sure everyone has their fill, meals and snacks will be available onsite. Perfect for a picnic!



2015 Exhibitors

APEL – Marais du Nord
Arboretum Experts
Association forestière des deux rives
Association Québécoise du cheval canadien (AQCC)
Cercle des Mycologues Amateurs de Québec
Club d’astronomie VÉGA de Cap-Rouge
Club de minéralogie de Québec
Comité écolo-EVB de l’école secondaire Cardinal-Roy
Comité EVB de l’école secondaire Jean-de-Brébeuf
Ducks Unlimited Canada
Environment Canada  
Environnement Jeunesse
Fierbourg, Centre de Formation Professionnelle
Forêt Montmorency
Institut québécois d’ébénisterie
Jardin universitaire Van den Hende
Lu Scie mobile
Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs
     Direction générale régionale de la Capitale-Nationale et de la Chaudière-Appalaches  
     Direction de la protection des forêts    
     Direction des orientations stratégiques et de l’administration 
Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles
     Direction générale de Géologie Québec                         
Nature Québec
Quebec Federation of Horticulture and Ecology Societies
Réseau d’agriculture urbaine de Québec
The Friends of the Plains of Abraham
Un Jardin pour Soi (YWCA Québec)
Ville de Québec, Service de l’environnement

In collaboration with:




May 10, 2015
From 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

At the Plains of Abraham greenhouses and aournd
Corner of Briand and de Bernières streets
(East of Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec) 
Information:  418 649-6157 / 1 855 649-6157


For this 20th edition, the National Battlefields Commission held a draw of 10 beautiful «flowers in a box» from the greenhouses of the Plains, with 2 winners per hour.

Congratulations to the winners:
- Diane Arbour
- France Brisebois
- Gilberte Coleman
- Jocelyne Flamand
- Marie-Josée Hudon
- Marie-Noëlle Juneau
- Claude Larose
- Murielle Lortie
- France Martin
- Claire Paradis

Some exhibitors also gave prices which were grouped under one draw.

Congratulations to the winner:
- Linda Pepin