A botanic garden is a museum of living plants. A botanic garden’s plant collections are curated for the purposes of scientific research, conservation, display and education. Botanic gardens are important for a number of reasons, including the conservation of plant diversity around the world, research into plant taxonomy and genetics, and the promotion of plant and conservation education to diverse audiences.
The plants in a botanic garden are labelled and documented. Each label contains a plant’s scientific (Latin) name, family name, native region and its accession number. Every plant is assigned a unique accession number, which is how we track the plant over its life. Taxonomy (the classification of species) is constantly evolving, so sometimes the plant names on labels in any Garden are not current; the revision and updating of labels and plant records is a continual undertaking at a botanic garden.
The University of Alberta Botanic Garden (formerly the Devonian Botanic Garden) is located in Parkland County - only 15 minutes from West Edmonton Mall or SW Edmonton (5 km north of Devon on Highway 60). We are not located on the University of Alberta campus.
Sorry, there is no public transportation to the Garden. A vehicle is necessary to get here.
There is free parking at the Garden (except during the Luminaria event). Bus and limousine parking is available in designated areas. RV parking is available on weekdays only.
An extensive brick pathway system makes much of the Garden accessible and enjoyable from wheelchairs and strollers. Some pathways have less accessible surfaces (grass, wood chips, gravel, uneven surfaces, natural areas), and there are some areas with steep grades where assistance is recommended for wheelchairs. In 2017, because of construction activities at the Garden, some portions of the brick pathways have been temporarily replaced with road crush, a compacted gravel surface.
The Garden has a small collection of wheelchairs and strollers that can be borrowed, at no cost, on a first-come, first-serve basis. We are not able to guarantee availability.
Sorry, golf carts are not available for rent. Consider taking one of our Tram Tours if
you’d like to see the Garden from the comfort of a golf cart.
Sorry, bikes, tricycles and skateboards are not permitted inside the Garden. A bike rack is located just outside the Garden entrance for lockup.
With the exception of certified service animals, pets are not permitted at the Garden.
Food is available for purchase at the Patio Café. You can also bring your own food (no BBQS, cooking
equipment or alcohol). There are several unreserved picnic areas with picnic tables just outside the Garden visitor entrance. Picnicking is discouraged in the Kurimoto Japanese Garden.
The UABG’s annual plant sale starts in early- to mid-May and runs daily while supplies last. You can find an interesting selection of hardy perennials, fruits, shrubs, culinary herbs, indoor plants and more, at reasonable prices. The Plant Sale is a fundraiser for the Garden, and is not intended to be a large-scale commercial operation.
The Garden is open to visitors daily, starting May 1. During the winter, the Garden is closed to visitors; however, education courses run year-round and we open for a weekend in December for the Luminaria event.