Natural Reserve Selection • Millions years of evolution at your service!


Among the earth’s estimated 300,000 naturally occurring plant species can be found true marvels of nature, many of which can be grown easily in our own gardens.

The main objective of the Natural Reserve Selection program is to introduce various plant species from across the globe to local gardeners. The featured plants are presented to the public along with a brief description of their native ecosystems. Cultivating and propagating these plants, Natural Reserve Selection also contributes to the conservation of plant species.

The goal of Natural Reserve Selection is not to commercialize plants. It is more of a program in which plants from all over the world are put to trial and evaluated. Since 2010, several plant species have been tested at the Montreal Botanical Garden, the Roger-Van den Hende Botanical Garden in Quebec City and the Daniel A. Séguin Garden in Saint-Hyacinthe. Our mandate is to select plants that have the best potential for ornamental horticulture and to provide the horticultural industry and the public with information regarding the cultivation and propagation of the plant species selected.


Albert Mondor has a diploma in ornamental horticulture and a degree in biology. He is working as an horticulturist – garden designer since almost 30 years. He is giving lectures throughout Canada. His gardening chronicle is published every saturday in the Journal de Montréal and in the Journal de Québec since 1999. In april 2013, Mondor published his ninth book titled Les vertus miraculeuses des agrumes. He his the co-host of a gardening television show called Le Tour du Jardin, presented on Historia channel.

With a bachelor’s degree in agronomy and a master’s degree in biology from the Laval University, Marie-Pierre Lamy is the administrative coordinator of the Roger-Van den Hende Botanical Garden. Research professional at the Centre de recherche en horticulture from 1996 to 2013, responsible for the evaluation of the annual plants in the Roger-Van den Hende Botanical Garden since 2002 and author of three courses for the certificate in horticulture and space management, Mrs. Lamy is familiar with the horticultural activities at the Laval University.

As a graduate from the Institut de technologie agroalimentaire (ITA) in La Pocatière, Mrs. Roy technician has worked at the Laval University as an horticulture technician for 20 years. She also worked several years in the greenhouse production sector. Since four years, Mrs. Roy is in charge of the field operations at the Roger-Van den Hende Botanical Garden, mentoring students and trainees who work there. Production and evaluation of the annuals and production and monitoring of the plants of the herbacetum are also part of her responsibilities.

Claude Vallée is an agronomist, professor and coordinator of technological innovation in horticulture at the Institut de technologie agroalimentaire (ITA) in Saint-Hyacinthe. He is responsible for the Pavillon horticole écoresponsable of the de Saint-Hyacinthe campus. He is the coordinator and the instigator of Les Exceptionnelles® program, co-author of the books: Les techniques de culture en multicellules et Guide de production des plantes annuelles en caissettes; administrator of the Daniel A. Séguin Garden and the Société québécoise de phytotechnologie. Mr. Vallée has over 25 years of experience in ornamental horticulture production, in education, research and technological innovation.

Philip Thompson quickly developed a keen interest in horticulture while working Saturdays as a teenager at W.H Perron & Co. of Laval, Québec. Although his academic journey was in Political Science, plants gradually became the center of his attention. While at Perron’s, he benefitted from a stimulating work environment, where he learned the basics and the complexities of the business of horticulture. Now with Horticolor (since 1995) that education has turned into a real passion for marketing. Whether it be by means of tags or other printed products, the building of brands, or general marketing strategy, it is always a fascinating challenge to accompany growers, retailers, and groups in their evolution and growth. Philip is also very involved in professional associations, both at the Provincial (FIHOQ and its associations) as well as National levels (the new Canadian Ornamental Horticultural Alliance, COHA as well as COPF, of which he was President of the board of Directors from 2008 to 2012.