Work on the Plains of Abraham Greenhouses | Optimization to preserve a century-old vocation

News Release

November 27, 2017 – Québec –The National Battlefields Commission

The National Battlefields Commission wishes to inform the population that work begins today on the Plains of Abraham in the greenhouse area near Avenue Briand. The purpose of the project is to demolish one of the greenhouses by December 2017. This smaller greenhouse offers less potential for production and major investments would be required shortly to keep it operational and safe. Renovations to the second greenhouse, built over 100 years ago, have been ongoing for several months to optimize workspace and increase productivity through the development of more production space than currently available. The project will contribute to optimizing the work of the Green Environment Service tasked with beautifying the first national historic park in the country.

Quick Facts

  • Unlike the building to be demolished, the large greenhouse has more to offer in terms of productivity, potential energy savings and increased manpower efficiency. Portable tables have been added, resulting in an additional 100 square feet of useful workspace compared to the old layout of the two greenhouses combined.

  • The 100-year-old greenhouse has been optimized to preserve its heritage mission. The Commission is banking on the productivity gains to be achieved through staff well-being and investments made.

  • For close to 100 years, the National Battlefields Commission has grown most of the plants needed to embellish the National Battlefields Park. The first building was built in 1916 (large greenhouse) and the second (small greenhouse), in 1938. Despite the demolition of one the two oldest greenhouses in operation in Québec, the Commission will pursue its horticultural vocation with greater efficiency. The Green Environment Service produces more than 50 000 annual, biennial and perennial plants each year.

  • Information: 418 649-6157,

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Nathalie Allaire
Outreach and Media Officer, Communications Division
The National Battlefields Commission

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