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University of Alberta Botanic Garden

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A garden visit in Devon

A friend and I recently visited the UA Botanic Garden, in Devon just a short drive from... read more

Reviewed 4 September 2017
Amangda
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Edmonton, AB, CANADA
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A pleasure!

We spent an enjoyable afternoon at the Garden, and are looking forward to next year's visit, when... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2017
cushionz1
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Canada
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The University of Alberta Botanic Garden (formerly the Devonian Botanic Garden) is a stunning 97-hectare property located 15 minutes SW of Edmonton, with cultivated gardens and plant collections, indoor showhouses, and extensive natural areas...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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51227 Hwy 60 | Parkland County, Edmonton, Alberta T7Y 1C5, Canada
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Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

A friend and I recently visited the UA Botanic Garden, in Devon just a short drive from Edmonton. The season was almost finished but our tour included some displays that were still in bloom and or green. Construction on some new parts is underway and...More

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Kerry_UABG, Communications Coordinator at University of Alberta Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2017

Thank you! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to the Garden, and appreciate your comments.

Reviewed 29 August 2017

To be fair, a new area was under construction when we visited and many of the trails were closed due to tree damage. The Japanese garden is well maintained and peaceful. We had visited later in the year before and wanted to visit in July...More

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

Thank you for your comments, and for visiting the Garden. As you noted, we have a major new feature Garden under construction in 2017, as well as an improved parking lot and entry area. In fenced-off construction zones, disturbed earth has naturally encouraged the growth...More

Reviewed 28 August 2017

We spent an enjoyable afternoon at the Garden, and are looking forward to next year's visit, when the renovations and new projects are complete. A large portion of the Garden is closed for construction, and due to the growth cycle of plants, some areas (like...More

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Kerry_UABG, Communications Coordinator at University of Alberta Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2017

Thank you for visiting the Garden and for your thoughtful review. We're so glad you enjoyed your time here, despite some of the construction inconvenience. Because of construction we are closing to visitors this year right after the Labour Day weekend (earlier than our usual...More

Reviewed 28 August 2017

Unfortunately, (August 2017) about 30% of the garden is torn up for a major reconstruction project, and they do not do a good job of making it easy to see what's left -- the maps show the old garden. What was still there was beautiful...More

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Kerry_UABG, Communications Coordinator at University of Alberta Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2017

Thank you for visiting the Garden. Construction of the 12-acre Aga Khan Garden (scheduled for completion in 2018), along with parking lot and entry plaza redevelopment, is definitely having an impact on parts of the Garden, and we look forward to next year when all...More

Reviewed 9 August 2017

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

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

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 7 August 2017

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

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Kerry_UABG, Communications Coordinator at University of Alberta Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2017

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 6 August 2017

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 14 August 2017

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 23 July 2017

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 24 July 2017

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 20 July 2017 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 24 July 2017

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 6 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.

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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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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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