The Great Celebration of Nature on the Plains of Abraham is celebrating its 25th anniversary!
April 27, 2022 – Quebec City – The National Battlefields Commission
The Great Celebration of Nature on the Plains of Abraham is celebrating its 25th anniversary on May 15, under the honorary presidency of Bruno Marchand, Mayor of Quebec City. The public is invited from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for a day filled with activities related to nature! In addition to visiting the greenhouses, young and old alike will be admitted for free to different activities, including a plant giveaway, organized family fun, and on-site exhibitors.
As soon as the day begins, the National Battlefields Commission and the Association forestière des deux rives will be giving away Echinacea (coneflower) seedlings from the greenhouses and tree seedlings. Quantities are limited, and the plants will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis. In the open air, more than thirty exhibitors will be sharing their knowledge on a variety of environmental and sustainable development themes, like insects and the urban forest. Children will have fun going through an obstacle course and getting acquainted with heritage breeds of livestock. Characters in period costumes will interact with the public and present some aspects of the history of the Plains of Abraham.
New this year! Visitors are asked to bring old paint and paintbrushes they want to throw away. The artist Patrick Lavallée (Atelier du Gosseux), who among other things created the sculptures of the Halloween Garden on the Plains, will remake them into a work of art after the event. The organization Centraide (The United Way) will also be present to talk about the fight against inequalities and about social isolation and to collect donations.
“The Great Celebration of Nature on the Plains of Abraham is a longstanding tradition that has been bringing us together each year in the park’s magnificent setting. I’m delighted we’ll be there this spring to celebrate its 25th anniversary! On behalf of the Plains staff, I wish to thank Bruno Marchand for honouring us with his presence on this festive and educational family day.”
Jean Robert, Chair of the National Battlefields Commission
“The Great Celebration of Nature is an important tradition that reminds us how lucky we are to have such a top quality park, and one that’s teeming with history. I see this day as a golden opportunity to get back to our roots and remember where we came from and the roads we’ve taken. This great get-together, which is a delight for young and old, bears witness to the coming of summer and the return of our gatherings around shared values that mirror our own. I wish everyone an excellent 25th anniversary!”
Bruno Marchand, Mayor of Quebec City
The Great Celebration of Nature on the Plains of Abraham will celebrate its 25th anniversary on May 15, 2022, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., under the honorary presidency of Bruno Marchand, Mayor of Quebec City. At 10:30 a.m., he will take part in the traditional planting of a tree in the company of Jean Robert, Chair of the National Battlefields Commission. For the occasion, a silver maple will be added to the park’s rich arboreal heritage
The Plains of Abraham greenhouses will open their doors to visitors, who will be able to discover the facilities in which are grown the plants used to beautify the park. Over one hundred five thousand seedlings are grown annually to create floral displays and mosaicultures, notably in the Joan of Arc Garden, in Des Braves Park, and along Ontario Avenue.
Each visitor will be able to get, for free, an Echinacea seedling from the Plains of Abraham greenhouses and a tree seedling distributed by the Association forestière des deux rives (AF2R). Quantities are limited and the plants will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis. Representatives from Quebec’s Department of Forests, Wildlife and Parks will also be on hand for people who have registered for the program Mon arbre à moi.
Outside the greenhouses, more than thirty exhibitors will share their knowledge on a variety of environmental and sustainable development themes, like insects and the urban forest. Interactive stations will offer fun-filled discovery activities, notably about marine animals and heritage breeds of livestock. Each visitor will also have a chance to win one of twenty-five boxes of flowers from the greenhouses.
All day long, visitors may buy sandwiches, beverages, and snacks at the Fastoche! snack bar.
The tradition of the Great Celebration of Nature goes back to 1996 when the National Battlefields Commission held its first Arbor Day for National Forest Week. In 2000, the event began to include an open house for the greenhouses, and in 2001, it became the Great Celebration of Nature. Today, it’s the only opportunity for the public to see up close the Plains of Abraham greenhouses, which are among the oldest still active in Quebec.
Information: online or by telephone at 418 649-6157 or 1 855 649-6157.
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