The Great Celebration of Nature

21st Edition of the Great Celebration of Nature


Sowing a love of nature for 21 years!

May 8, 2016
From 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  
At the Plains of Abraham greenhouse and around
at the corner of Briand and De Bernières
(East of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec)



The Great Celebration

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 21st edition of this family-friendly rendezvous with horticulture. On Sunday, May 8, 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. To make sure everyone has their fill, meals and snacks will be available onsite. Perfect for a picnic!

Other activities:

  • Adventure trails and family activities;
  • Free distribution of plants and tree saplings (limited quantities);
  • Planting of a tree by children;
  • Conference on plants in New France.

Guest of honourAlbert Mondor

We welcome Albert Mondor — horticulturist, speaker and blogger — at the 2016 Great celebration of nature.

Albert Mondor has a diploma in ornamental horticulture and a degree in plant biology. As an horticulturist and garden designer, he has practiced his craft for over 30 years. In addition to teaching courses and lecturing at conferences across Canada, his weekly gardening column has appeared in newspapers since 1999. He has published nine horticultural books. He contributes to radio and television programs and has his own blog "Extreme Horticulture".

Come and ask your questions to him at the Plains of Abraham stand during the Great celebration of nature, May 8!

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The exhibitors

Outside the greenhouse, a team of experts will share their knowledge on a variety of nature-related topics. The list is available at the "information" tab.

Family activities

Young and old will have great fun enjoying the different activities planned during the day: adventure trails, face-painting and the memorable presence of Yvan Lafleur, the goofy master landscape designer who will enchant little ones and invite them to plant a tree with him at 2 p.m. - a concrete gesture for our planet.

Abraham Martin, the colonist peasant after whom the park is named, will amuse children with a game of search and find. Witnesses of the siege of Québec in 1759 - British and French soldiers, and a peasant - will each explain how they lived through the events.

Distribution of plants

Very popular! Some 1000 plants grown in the park's greenhouse will be offered free of charge to the first visitors (quantities are limited, one plant per person).

900 saplings will be distributed by the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs to parents registered with the newborn program, Mon arbre à moi. The Association forestière des deux rives will offer 1000 plants of various species. Enough to reforest an entire neighbourhood!

Conference on plants in New France (in French)

Jacques Mathieu and Alain Asselin will give a conference on plants in New France (in French): "Funny Stories about Plants in Canada". Il will take place at the Plains of Abraham Museum from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jacques Mathieu is a professor emeritus at Laval University. His field of expertise is the history of New France and multidisciplinarity studies. In 2014, he was awarded the Prix du Québec Gérard-Morisset prize for his contribution to knowledge of cultural heritage. Alain Asselin is a retired professor formerly with the plant sciences department of Laval University's faculty of agriculture and food sciences. He has published many scientific papers in various fields of plant sciences.

The Greenhouse

The park’s greenhouse—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.

The Commemoration Program

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.



May 8, 2016
From 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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


Experts and their topics:

  • Accès transports viables | Bicycle month
  • Alvéole | Urban beekeeping
  • Association des architectes paysagistes du Québec | Landscape architecture
  • Association forestière des deux rives | The importance of trees, forests - Distributing tree seedlings
  • Centre de la biodiversité de Québec | Biodiversity in all its forms
  • Cercle des mycologues amateurs de Québec | Understanding and identifying mushrooms
  • Club d'astronomie VÉGA de Cap-Rouge | Astronomy
  • Club des ornitologues de Québec | Birds of Quebec
  • Coopérative La Mauve | Eat locally year round
  • Environment Canada | Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area
  • Fédération des sociétés d'horticulture et d'écologie du Québec | Horticulture
  • Fierbourg, Centre de formation professionnelle | The horticultural sector
  • Jeffrey McDonald - Sculptor | Let's create a new world with the old one
  • Ministère de l'Énergie et des Ressources naturelles du Québec | Metals and minerals in everyday life
  • Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs (MFFP) - Direction de la protection des forêts | Insects and tree diseases
  • MFFP - Direction générale régionale de la Capitale-Nationale et de Chaudière-Appalaches | My very own tree
  • MFFP - Recherche forestière | New knowledge and abilities in foresty
  • MFFP - Soutien à la gestion | Slowing climate change
  • Natural Resources Canada - Forests | Diversity of forests insects
  • Nature Québec | Healthy living environments
  • Project Ecosphere | Environment and greenbuilding
  • Quebec Electric Vehicle Association | The pleasure of driving electric - emission-free
  • Réseau d'agriculture urbaine de Québec | Gardening in the city
  • Société de la rivière St-Charles | The Saint-Charles River, a green space within the city
  • Société d'histoire forestière du Québec | The forest at the heart of Quebec's history
  • Société Provancher d'histoire naturelle du Canada | Nature and the river within your reach! Discover our protected territories!
  • The Friends of the Plains of Abraham | Love is in the Plains
  • Ville de Québec - Service de l'environnement | Planting trees
  • YWCA - Jardin pour soi | Grow your aromatic plants and herbs on your balcony