Designed by David Wyman Based on illustrations by Gerard Gauci
Prominent Canadian gardens are the subject of five stamps issued on May, 1991. The final stamp in the set portrays the Montreal Botanical Gardens, concept of Brother Marie-Victorin, who also founded the "Institut botanique de l'Université de Montréal" in 1922. The idea was first presented on December 14, 1929 at a meeting of the "Société d'Histoire Naturelle" in Montreal. The concept was well received by the City and on March 4, 1932, a substantial sum was allocated to the project, with Maisonneuve Park being selected as the primary site. Hard economic times during the 1930s nearly jeopardized the gardens, but Marie-Victorin's persistence paid off and in 1942 the city of Montreal became totally responsible for the Garden. Designer David Wyman and illustrator Gerard Gauci combined their talents to produce the designs.
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