The Undergrowth

A shaded, cool and humid place, the undergrowth was frequently visited by the First Nations women who were able to walk for several days with their children to pick plants that were necessary to their survival.

Today, the forest and its undergrowth have a key role in maintaining our vital balance. They help to regulate the climate and, because they absorb carbon dioxide, act as our planet’s lung.

Under the trees, this fragile ecosystem combines balance and harmony. Within these intricate systems, plants, animals, insects, fungi and bacteria coexist. The balance among species makes the undergrowth a rich and plentiful place, a place essential to human beings.

The trillium, an ephemeral plant found in the Jardin des origines, is an excellent example of the precariousness of the undergrowth. This delicate white or red flower is very visible in the spring. However, in the dry days of July, the trillium completely disappears from the soil’s surface.

Jardin «Les 3 sœurs»
White trillium
Photo: Frédéric Coursol
Jardin «Les 3 sœurs»
White trillium
Photo: Maison Saint-Gabriel
LA SAINTE-CATHERINE
Wild garlic flower
Photo: Frédéric Coursol

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