Garden closing early for 2019 season – last day to visit is Sept. 2

The University of Alberta Botanic Garden will close its gates to visitors for the season after September 2, 2019, to allow for construction of a proposed new entry pavilion structure.

Due to the early closure, several previously scheduled fall events have been cancelled, including the Fall Family Festival, Fruit Growers Festival and Dog Day at the Garden. However, weddings, private functions and other activities that have already been booked will continue, with alternate entry plans. “We need to ensure visitor safety during any construction,” said Lee Foote, the garden’s director, “so we’re closing for general admissions, and only bringing in accompanied groups that have been arranged in advance.”

The Garden will open for a few evenings in winter for the popular Luminaria event, December 6-8, 2019.

Plans for the proposed entry pavilion include an admissions area, gift shop, concession and outdoor seating area, along with new infrastructure support. The new building will replace aging structures currently in use.

“The proposed new entry pavilion building is an exciting continuation of many recent improvements at our facility,” said Foote. “Visitors will be welcomed and oriented through an entry structure that’s functional and in keeping with the beautiful gardens they’re here to enjoy.”

“We recognize an early closure might be an inconvenience to visitors, but we’re sure they’ll be pleased with the results once we re-open in spring of 2020.”

The University of Alberta Botanic Garden, part of the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, is a 240-acre property located 15 minutes southwest of Edmonton in Parkland County. It is an award-winning visitor attraction, research site and home to year-round adult and children’s education programming.