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“Nice little oasis”

University of Alberta Botanic Garden
Ranked #17 of 146 things to do in Edmonton
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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. Highlights of the Garden, which was established in 1959, include the spectacular new 4.8 hectare Aga Khan Garden, beautiful Kurimoto Japanese Garden; a Tropical Showhouse with exotic butterflies; Temperate and Arid Showhouses; alpine, herb, rose, peony, lilac and lily collections; Indigenous 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. Open to visitors seasonally, May 1 through Thanksgiving.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

Nice peaceful refuge from the city. Loved the butterfly building and cactii building. Been there before a few times. Its better in spring when everthingbis bloomin. 15 $ admission is ok when there is other events going on. We went for the mushroom talks and guide walk. It was very interesting

Date of experience: August 2018
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Kerry_UABG, Communications Coordinator at University of Alberta Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2018

Thanks for visiting! And thank you for sharing your feedback - we love the butterflies, too!

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Reviewed 27 August 2018

This place is worth a visit. The Aga Khan Gardens and the Japanese gardens are beautiful. You want to take your time and see all the subtle designs of each garden. Spend some time at the various seating areas to reflect.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Kerry_UABG, Communications Coordinator at University of Alberta Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2018

We agree - slowing down and reflecting in beautiful surroundings has a very wonderful effect. Thank you for visiting - we hope you get many chances to come and enjoy the Garden again.

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Reviewed 26 August 2018

The recently opened AGA Khan Garden is very impressive, and it is not totally complete. I enjoyed a weekday afternoon there, weekends can be quite crowded. A good place to take the family or just take your significant other on a date.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Kerry_UABG, Communications Coordinator at University of Alberta Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2018

Thank you for your comments. We're glad you like the new Aga Khan Garden!

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Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

We came here as a side trip on the way home. Arrived at 12 to find a few parking spots in the main area left and a gate price of $16 ea.

Japanese garden was by far the most polished area on site. We spent most of our time here enjoying the variety of plant life and scenery.

Aga Khan was next on our list but it felt more like a concrete art display than a botanical garden.

We then got lost enjoying the remaining areas including a mushroom informational event. The last half is what we expected a botanical garden to feel like with labels of the plants names.

We ran out of both energy and motivation to finish the wetlands area at the end. Having seen the shuttle carts now would be our ideal route for next time.

We had attempted to take the walkway from the pine area to the Aga Khan to be met with a padlock on the end gate.

Butterflies and the temperate and arid zones were also quite nice.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Kerry_UABG, Communications Coordinator at University of Alberta Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2018

Thank you for fitting the Garden into your journey! We're glad you enjoyed your time here, and hope you can spend longer next time you visit.

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Reviewed 16 August 2018

Loved the gardens - especially the Aga Khan Garden. Beautiful symmetry of the water features and the flower/grass area. Very tranquil. Also enjoyed seeing 4 sets of brides/grooms taking their wedding photos there.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Kerry_UABG, Communications Coordinator at University of Alberta Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2018

Thanks for your comments! We're happy you enjoyed your visit to the Gardens, and the wedding couples celebrating their special moments.

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