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University of Alberta Botanic Garden

51227 Hwy 60 | Parkland County, Edmonton, Alberta T7Y 1C5, Canada
+1 780-987-3054
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Under construction!

The gardens are lovely but at the moment a lot of it is under construction, this worked out well... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Canuckgirl561
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Grande Prairie, Canada
No longer inspirational

I remember years ago being inspired by these gardens. That is no longer the case and the massive... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
David O
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The University of Alberta Botanic Garden (formerly the Devonian Botanic Garden) is a stunning 240-acre property located 15 minutes southwest of Edmonton, with cultivated gardens and plant collections, indoor showhouses, and an extensive nature trail system. Highlights of the Garden, which was established in 1959, include the beautiful Kurimoto Japanese Garden; a Tropical Showhouse with exotic butterflies; Temperate and Arid Showhouses; alpine, herb, rose, peony, lilac and lily collections; Native Peoples Garden; trial beds and much more. The Garden is an award-winning visitor attraction, a research site, and home to year-round adult and children's education programming. The Garden is open daily to visitors starting May 1 and year round for education programs.
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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51227 Hwy 60 | Parkland County, Edmonton, Alberta T7Y 1C5, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The gardens are lovely but at the moment a lot of it is under construction, this worked out well for my family because my son loves heavy equipment and was quite thrilled to stand at the fence and watch. There is still a lot of...More

Thank Canuckgirl561
Kerry_UABG, Communications Coordinator at University of Alberta Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for visiting the Garden. We appreciate your understanding that while the construction activities are impacting about 12 acres of our 80 acres of cultivated gardens, the end results will be worth it! We've noticed that a lot of our young visitors are really...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

I remember years ago being inspired by these gardens. That is no longer the case and the massive construction project does not help. Giving 10% off admission fees is a joke... you should get 90% off as a huge part of the garden is off...More

Thank David O
Kerry_UABG, Communications Coordinator at University of Alberta Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

We're sorry your visit to the Garden didn't leave you feeling inspired this time. We hope you'll come back and see us again in the future, when construction projects like the Aga Khan Garden and parking lot improvements are complete. Construction is certainly impacting parts...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went there at the end of Aug last year with my family who came from overseas. Quite disappointing as we paid full price (was over $80 for the family with rides on the golf cart as well) to see lots of dead flowers. Both my...More

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Kerry_UABG, Communications Coordinator at University of Alberta Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

We're sorry your visit to the Garden didn't match your expectations. As a botanic garden, we do permit most of our annuals and perennials to complete their full life cycle, including the formation of seedheads. The bloom time of flowers varies considerably depending on the...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

decently organised plant zoo ! We really liked it . it was quiet when we went , but nice .The variety of flora is amazing as per the weather is concerned .More

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Kerry_UABG, Communications Coordinator at University of Alberta Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting the Garden, and taking the time to share your comments. A botanic garden really is like a plant zoo or museum - a living collection of plants - and in our Garden, it's often a surprise to see what can thrive...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have an annual pass andxtske advantage of every opportunity to walk the gardens , enjoy weddings in the summer, people watch and just breathe, smell and enjoy.

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Kerry_UABG, Communications Coordinator at University of Alberta Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. We're happy you can take advantage of your annual pass and enjoy walking, breathing and enjoying the Garden often.

Reviewed 7 July 2017

I was quite disappointed with the Botanic Gardens. Nothing stood out as inspiring. The butterfly house had very few butterfles. Highly unlikely that I will return.

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Kerry_UABG, Communications Coordinator at University of Alberta Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2017

Thank you for visiting the Garden. We hope you'll reconsider your decision not to visit again, as beautiful new feature gardens are under development, scheduled to open in 2018.

Reviewed 26 June 2017

Went to a wedding at the gardens and what a beautiful setting. Electric carts transported guests to and from the site and staff was very attentive. The bride and groom where very pleased and the event was great success!

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Kerry_UABG, Communications Coordinator at University of Alberta Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2017

Thank you for your kind comments. We're so glad you enjoyed your time here as a wedding guest. Our staff works hard to provide a happy experience for our visitors, and will be very pleased when we share your comments with them!

Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

We absolutely love this garden, which is part of the University of Alberta. As such, it is a research facility as much as a tourist destination. However, it does a great job in both regards. From the contemplative Kurimoto Japanese Garden to the whimsical butterfly...More

Thank Richard W
Kerry_UABG, Communications Coordinator at University of Alberta Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2017

Thank you! Opera al Fresco is one of our favourite summer events, and we're glad you enjoyed it and your other visits to the Garden.

Reviewed 23 May 2017

This is a wonderful place for family picnic and day long outings in late Spring-Summer-Early fall. The gardens are huge. Be prepared to walk a lot. But to the intrepid walkers, the place has a lot to offer.More

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Kerry_UABG, Communications Coordinator at University of Alberta Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2017

We're so glad you enjoyed your visit here. It is indeed a big garden (240 acres / 97 hectares), so comfortable walking shoes are a great way to enjoy the Garden to its fullest. In the summer, we also have regular drop-in tram tours for...More

Reviewed 3 May 2017

I am waiting for the Islamic Gardens to open. At present, there is very little to see. As with all places, food, if you can find it, is terrible and expensive. If you go, take your own food. And don't forget to take chairs to...More

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Kerry_UABG, Communications Coordinator at University of Alberta Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2017

We're very excited for the Aga Khan Garden to open in 2018, too! During construction, which is impacting an area around the Calla Pond, there are still many things to see, especially as spring and summer unfold, including the Kurimoto Japanese Garden, indoor showhouses, butterfly...More

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Response from Kerry_UABG | Property representative |
Thank you for your interest in the Garden. We have an outdoor concession with soup and sandwich offerings, along with ice cream, beverages and other light fare. The concession is open during our regular hours. For a large... More
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Thank you for your interest in the Garden.May is a lovely time to visit - the Garden is truly starting to springing to life. The leaves are out, the grass is greening up, and the early blooming perennials are out. We don't... More
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Response from Sue P | Reviewed this property |
Tram tours in September run mostly on the weekends, so plan a Saturday or Sunday visit between the hours of 10 am and 5 pm. The gate admission for seniors is $9.75/person with an additional $5.00/person for the tram plus... More
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