University of Alberta Botanic Garden

University of Alberta Botanic Garden, Devon: Hours, Address, University of Alberta Botanic Garden Reviews: 4/5

University of Alberta Botanic Garden

University of Alberta Botanic Garden
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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The University of Alberta Botanic Garden (formerly the Devonian Botanic Garden) is an award-winning visitor attraction located 10 minutes SW of Edmonton, with cultivated gardens and plant collections, indoor showhouses and extensive natural areas. Highlights of the Garden, which was established in 1959, include the spectacular Aga Khan Garden, beautiful Kurimoto Japanese Garden; indoor showhouses; numerous plant collections and more. Open to visitors throughout the year, with periodic closures between seasons. Hours vary - check website for details.
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Trudy T
Hinton, Canada53 contributions
The gardens are well taken care of. We went on a Tuesday, which was seniors day. Also they had a golf cart that we could get a ride on to another part of the garden. That was so helpful, otherwise it could be quite the long walk between the areas.
Written July 25, 2022
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Dennis A
1 contribution
Couples
Although I enjoyed the landscaping, I was disappointed to see that the amount of money poured into the "Aga Khan" garden was pathetic the water pools were dried up were by the water lillies have died.So sad. The Japanese garden which is my favorite had algae in it........so sad. But on a good note the ladies that made our sandwiches did a great job.
Written July 18, 2022
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Shauna S
Edmonton, Canada34 contributions
The rating for the UofA Botanic Garden will really depend on what time of year you attend, and what you are looking to get out of the experience. It is currently a bit of a confused attraction, with some ultra modern facilities in construction stage, mixed with some of the oldest cultivated plants/trees in the province (if they haven't cut them down yet).
We had a GREAT experience there for the Northern Lights Dining experience in February, but a recent trip in May was disappointing. Currently (May 2022), the gardens are just starting to bloom, and like all Edmonton region gardens, very little is happening other than some greening. Where the natural habitat has been left untouched, this is like a beautiful walk-in-the-woods in Alberta. Unfortunately, compared to 10 years ago, the gardens are now more modern, with an updated food facility, and the "iconic" Aga Khan Pavilion (which in my opinion has completely ruined a natural area).
If you are looking for something that would be remotely equivalent to the Buchart Gardens in BC, you are going to be sadly disappointed. Native species here have short bloom periods, and are late to bloom, with our first blooms occurring around the May long weekend (with the pin and choke cherries) and perhaps a bit before with some of the crocuses (assuming that field still exists in the garden). Irises and tulips will bloom in May-June depending on the year, but most of our species are more understated.
Written May 24, 2022
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kim friesen
Leduc, Canada5 contributions
It just keeps getting better every year.The recent upgrades are beautiful added touch to the place.And the Japanese gardens are a must to see.
Written May 19, 2022
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Travelslite
Edmonton, Canada4 contributions
Be informed…..with -30C windchill, this event was not cancelled so refunds were not issued. They do advise “If there is a severe weather warning issued by Environment Canada, or the temperature drops below a certain threshold, we may cancel the evening's activities.” They do not state what the threshold is and obviously -30C doesn’t meet it.
Written December 24, 2021
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alfa b
1 contribution
Family
Fine dining under the stars.And the sky was relatively clear last night. The dome is so cozy. Everything you need to be warm is there and also some safety measures. We were on the first course when we realized a big mistake. But the management did not spoil our night. Kamal let us stayed and it's all on the house! Tammy was also so kind serving our meals. The foods are yummy and exquisite. Thank you for making it a superb experience for us and for our kids. The spirit of Christmas truly lives and not just purely business.
Written December 12, 2021
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We're so glad you enjoyed your Northern Light Dining Experience, and had a good time in your dome.
Written May 5, 2022
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Laura T
Edmonton, Canada44 contributions
Luminaria: a very big disappointment. Not much to see at all. Japanese gardens was a nice stroll but only lined with paper lanterns. Nothing of color or excitement for the season. Wouldn't suggest it as a seasonal outing to anyone.
Written December 2, 2021
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We're sorry to hear that Luminaria didn't meet your expectations. While many of our guests tell us how much they love the serenity of a candle-lit stroll through a snowy garden and find it to be a special part of their holiday season, we understand that it may not have been to your liking. We hope we can welcome you to the Garden during another season!
Written May 5, 2022
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Terry C
1 contribution
Friends
Hello I haven’t been there yet to see for myself . But do you need more help. As in volunteers or employees to work in gardens doing maintenance. Pruning etc I am retired and live in Beaumont. Call me back my number is +12506682537 Terry
Written October 13, 2021
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Hello, thank you for reaching out to us about volunteering. You can contact our guest services line at 780-492-3050.
Written May 5, 2022
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I9917TWbarbaram
9 contributions
I have thought about going to this for a long time but never got around to it. It was amazing! I especially liked the Japanese garden---it was so peaceful and beautiful. I will definitely go again.
Written September 6, 2021
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Thank you for your kind comments. We love it when the Garden inspires feelings of serenity and peace. We look forward to welcoming you again.
Written May 5, 2022
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Marian
Athabasca, Canada3 contributions
Very disappointed. The Japanese Garden & Aga Khan were nice but the rest is overgrown with weeds and uncared for. The inside gardens were closed. Don't recommend wasting money on this.
Written August 11, 2021
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We're sorry to hear you had a disappointing experience during your visit. We're happy to report that our indoor showhouses have reopened after being closed during restrictions. And, we have expanded our horticulture crew to bring our garden up to a higher standard of maintenance.
Written May 5, 2022
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University of Alberta Botanic Garden is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.