View of the garden

L001 Back garden 191-

This section is related to the poster that shows a partial view of the garden located at the back of the Longueuil Convent. This poster is part of a series of posters installed along Saint-Charles Street East on the SNJM heritage site. A way to reconnect with parts of our history.

Backyard SNJM Cemetery SNJM Memory Lane The missing Saint-Antoine brook The whims of Saint-Antoine Creek View of the garden

More than a garden...

The property of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) is more than just the convent. Over the years, various facilities and equipment related to the life of the boarding school have been added.

The sisters quickly set up a garden and a vegetable garden. As time went on, buildings were added for the work of the land. Elsewhere on the property and at certain times, the nuns even owned horses and cows.

The interest in market gardening is twofold. On the one hand, the convent’s kitchen is fed and, on the other hand, the vegetable garden and the garden serve as a place to teach some notions of botany, gardening and natural sciences. “Over the years, the vegetables needed for the well-being of the students and the sisters were grown: tomatoes, potatoes, cabbage, eggplant, carrots, beans, lettuce, radishes, cucumbers, shallots […]; strawberries, rhubarb and pumpkins”. [1]

[1] Potvin, Lucille, snjm. “Les jardins du Couvent de Longueuil”, Bulletin de la Société d’histoire de Longueuil, no 19, September 2007, page 1)