06/01/2012 06:01 EDT | Updated 08/01/2012 05:12 EDT

Tropical paradise trees find home in NDG

It may be the unthinkable in Montreal's Nordic climate and fleeting summer.

But Mike Page has found a way to grow palm trees – the ultimate symbol of breezy tropical living – in la belle province.

Page, a landscaper by trade, has experimented for years with different kinds of palms before settling on a hardy species native to the Himalayan mountains.

The NDG resident has planted palm trees in his back yard for nearly a decade.