The University of Alberta Botanic Garden is a “garden in a forest”, a 240-acre property with cultivated gardens, indoor showhouses, and extensive natural areas. Whether you come for a few hours, or have time to spend the day, you can expect a relaxing, peaceful, beautiful environment.
It’s a big place! What should I see first?
Bring your camera.
Comfortable walking shoes will make your day a happy one!
Dress for the weather – in Alberta, that means come prepared for any eventuality! If you happen to forget your sunscreen, mosquito repellent or umbrella, the Shop-in- the-Garden has these items available for purchase.
Gardening enthusiasts – bring your notebook so you can write down the names of amazing plants you’d like to try in your own northern garden.
Leave animals at home. With the exception of certified service animals, pets are not permitted at the Garden.
If you have a few hours: We suggest a visit to the Kurimoto Japanese Garden and the Indoor Showhouses (including the Tropical House with butterflies from around the world). Make a stop for ice cream on your way out, then plan to come back when you have more time.
If you have half a day: All of the above, plus a 45-minute guided Tram Tour of the Main Garden (with some stops along the way to smell the flowers), topped with lunch or a snack at the outdoor Patio Café.
If you have the day: All of the above, plus a leisurely stroll through Main Garden to take a closer look at the Alpine Garden, Primula Dell, Herb and Sensory Gardens, Native People’s Garden, Trial, Vegetable and Fruit Gardens, rose, lily, lilac and peony collections and so much more. You can get even further into nature on the Garden’s trail systems and Imrie Wetland boardwalk. Or, you can simply find a quiet spot on a bench and breathe in the beautiful surroundings.
If you want even more: The Garden is an ever-changing feast for the senses, and a perfect place to recharge your batteries. If you would like to visit several times over the season, consider a Garden Season Pass or a Friends of the Garden membership for great savings.
Is there anything for kids to do?
You bet! Ask for a Children’s Map at the Gift Shop for some suggestions, like the Hedge Maze, John’s Folly (a castle in the Garden), ringing the big bell in the Japanese Garden. And be sure to check our list of family programs and special events, many especially designed for children.
What about food and beverage?
The licensed outdoor Patio Café offers light lunch fare, snacks and ice cream. Or, you can bring your own picnic. (No BBQs, cooking equipment or alcohol are permitted). There are two unreserved picnic areas located just outside the Visitor Entrance/Gift Shop.
Tips for enjoying your visit:
Find out more on our FAQ page, call (780) 987-3054 or email firstname.lastname@example.org