Learning flourishes for Horticulture students on Montreal trip

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Students visit Mount Royal Park designed by the famous landscape architect Fredrick Law Olmstead.

Beautiful parks, innovative landscape design, and unique urban agriculture were on the itinerary for NC students on a recent trip to Montreal.

A group of more than 50 students from the College’s Horticultural Technician and Landscape Technician programs participated in the trip to Quebec’s metropolis from September 15 to 18. The trip is an annual event available to second-year students in the programs. It was led by professors Wayne Wakal and Carrie Zimmerman.

An entire day was spent at Montreal Botanical Gardens, considered one of the best botanical gardens in North America. “There was too much to see in just one day but the highlight for many of our students were the Chinese and Japanese gardens with their stunning displays of ancient miniature trees,” said Wakal.

The group saw well-executed sustainable landscape design in the city, including the LEED-certified condominium complex Pointe Norde; as well as Mount Royal Park which was designed by famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead. They visited Sandropol Roulant where they took in a well-designed and maintained rooftop vegetable garden and learned how urban agriculture on rooftops and in containers can become part of an urban neighbourhood.

Landscape Technician Co-op student Kelly Cluett, who is from Montreal, said she enjoyed the experience. “I was very  impressed with the itinerary that Niagara College staff planned, in three short days we hit all the best spots the city has to offer. From the beautiful and seemingly endless landscapes of the Botanical gardens, to sampling local maple syrups and cheeses at the Atwater market, I fell in love with the city all over again,” she said.

She also noted that the group’s scheduled time was informative but also gave them the opportunity to see the different careers that branch from Horticulture and Landscape.

“There was a perfect balance of free time which gave my classmates and I a chance to bond outside of school,” said Cluett.

Wakal noted that many students have courses are directly related to the trip, and worked on class projects while touring the gardens.

View additional photos of the trip to Montreal in September 2016:: horticulture-montreal-trip-2016.

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