May, Garden Month in Saint-Laurent

Last updated April 22, 2024
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May is garden month in Saint-Laurent.

Do you like gardening? Would you like to plant a vegetable garden in your yard or on your balcony? 

Throughout the month of May, you are invited to participate in a host of activities that will allow you to enjoy outdoor spaces, take a concrete action for biodiversity and participate in the greening efforts of Saint-Laurent.

PROGRAM

Selection of books on gardening and biodiversity
Bibliothèque du Boisé and Bibliothèque du Vieux-Saint-Laurent
Starting May 1
Thematic tables with various books on gardening, urban agriculture and biodiversity will be available for consultation or borrowing at the two Laurentian libraries.

Conference Cultiver ses légumes en toute simplicité et durabilité  (In French)
ith Edith Smeesters, ecological horticulturalist
Saturday, May 4, 2 to 3 p.m.
Maison Robert-Bélanger

If you want to grow your own vegetables sustainably, ecologically and without too much effort, this conference is for you. You’ll learn how to work the soil and enrich it naturally. You’ll also discover how to prevent pests and diseases through simple tricks. You’ll learn how to save and manage water in the garden, and which plants to choose to withstand water shortages.  
Registration required: All seats for this conference are now sold out
Places are limited. Participants will leave with plants.

Saturday, May 11, 1 to 5 p.m.
Bibliothèque du Boisé
Discover urban biodiversity by visiting educational kiosks. A passport will give you a chance to win biodiversity-related prizes.
In collaboration with VertCité.

Free distribution of plants 
Get free vegetable plants, vegetables and seeds to start your own edible garden in your backyard or on your balcony. 

Distributions take place rain or shine, while supplies last.
Distribution is reserved for Saint-Laurent residents only.
Bring your own bag or box for transport.
First come, first served. No registration required.
There will be a queue, so be sure to pack what you need for comfort (hat, umbrella, bottle of water, sunscreen, etc.).

Vegetable plants available:
(These varieties may be subject to change without notice, depending on availability).

  • 1 basil plant (Genovese et Crimson King Basil)
  • 1 cherry tomato plant (Suncherry)
  • 1 strawberry plant (Dynamik)
  • 1 Lebanses cucumber plant (Magic)

Saturday, May 11, Bibliothèque du Boisé, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Biodiversity Day
Distribution of seedlings, seed packets of plants for pollinators and native plants for wildlife.

Saturday, May 18, Ateliers municipaux, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Compost distribution day
Distribution of vegetable plants and plant seed packets for pollinators.

Saturday, May 25, Parc Beaudet, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cultivons Saint-Laurent Festival
Distribution of vegetable plants and plant seed packets for pollinators.

Saturday, May 18
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Ateliers municipaux (13001 Cavendish Blvd.)
You must now register online and choose the type of tree you would like to receive, as well as the pick-up time. One tree will be given to each address in Saint-Laurent. 
Registration: https://treedistribution.saint-laurent.ca
Proof of address will be required on site to validate the reservation.

Saturday, May 18, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Municipal Workshops (13001, boulevard Cavendish)
First come, first served. 
The event will take place rain or shine, while supplies last. 
Bring your containers and proof of address from Saint-Laurent.

Saturday, May 25, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Parc Beaudet
Take part in this urban agriculture fair and receive advice from various organizations to help you garden better.
In collaboration with VertCité.

Most Beautiful Garden Contest
From July 8 to 26, gardeners in Saint-Laurent will be invited to submit photos of their gardens or balconies to the borough. These photos will then be voted on online by the public from August 12 to 30. Prizes will be awarded to the gardens that receive the most votes. More information will be available in early June.

Other programs related to biodiversity and gardening

Mon école écolo program
The 2024 edition of the program aims to raise awareness among young people in Saint-Laurent elementary and secondary schools on various themes, including waste management, climate change and pollinator awareness. For more details on the program, visit this page.