A space in the Montreal Botanical Garden just became a frog's dream come true. And luckily it's people-friendly, too. Yesterday was the unveiling of the first of the Parcours des Phytotechnologies: Les marais épurateurs(Phytotechnology Course: The swamps). And it's absolutely breathtaking.

This is the first station of seven that the Espace pour la Vie (Space for Life) Foundation has developed to demonstrate "the importance of developing clean and efficient alternatives to reduce water, soil and air pollution and noise."

This first stage is set in the Aquatic Garden. And while it's there to perform a purpose, it’s also a Zen paradise complete with fountains, giant water lilies, and lounge chairs. 

Visitors can observe Les marais épurateurs in action as the two filtering marshes purify the water used to feed the plants of the garden, which is then returned back to the collection ponds, and flower beds.  A heated pond in the center of the garden has been added to accommodate giant water lilies.

Marsh cleaners are an effective and sustainable solution to human-caused water pollution and are already used at the Biodome and Jean-Doré beach.

Phytotechnology, the science of using live plants to solve environmental problems, will be developed in six other stations throughout the Botanical Gardens.


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