Garden Passes

Garden Passes Make Great Holiday Gifts!


Experience your happy place, all year long!

The research is conclusive – time spent in nature releases your “happy hormones”, increases your sense of wellbeing, and generally makes you feel great.

With a Garden pass, you get access to rejuvenation, relaxation and natural stress relief along with great savings – the more you visit, the more you save!

Choose the pass that’s right for you.

There are three levels of passes – Summer Pass, Year Round Pass or the ultimate Garden Experience Pass. With every pass, you get savings on admissions, PLUS an option to join the Friends of the University of Alberta Botanic Garden at no extra cost. Benefits of joining the Friends include invitations to members-only activities like insider talks, tours, and special Friends’ events.


Summer Pass – the “Basic”

If you simply want to visit Garden often during the spring, summer and fall, and support the Garden with your pass purchase, the Summer Pass is for you!

Benefits of the Summer Pass:

  • Unlimited regular* admissions to the Garden for one person, May through October, during Garden open hours
  • Free optional Friends of the Garden membership, with invitations to insider talks, tours and special Friends’ events

Summer Pass Prices
Adult | $55
Senior | $44
Youth / Student | $28
Child | $14.75
Family | $124.50

Valid for admissions May 1 through Thanksgiving, for one year from date of purchase. 

 

 


Year Round Pass – the “Extra”

Choose this pass level if you want to Garden often throughout the whole year, including our new winter opening hours, PLUS get extra benefits, and support the Garden with your pass purchase.

Benefits of the Year Round Pass:

  • Unlimited regular* admissions to the Garden for one person, year round, including winter opening, during open hours
  • Two free admission passes for guests (of the same type as pass)
  • 10% off most purchases in Garden Shop
  • 10% off purchases in concession
  • 10% off dining experiences (eg. Twilight Picnics, Northern Light Dining, Brunch)
  • 10% off plant sale purchases
  • Special pass holder pricing on most events and activities – with new opportunities offered regularly
  • First-in-line opportunity for select Garden events
  • Free optional Friends of the Garden membership, with invitations to insider talks, tours and special Friends’ events

Year Round Pass Prices
Adult | $95
Senior | $75.75
Youth / Student | $48.25
Child | $25.50
Family | $214.25

Valid year-round, for one year from date of purchase.

 

 


Garden Experience Pass – the “Ultimate”

This is the pass for you if you want the whole Garden Experience! Enjoy the Garden often, year round (including new winter open dates), PLUS participate in Garden activities and experiences, get free tickets or great discounts for Garden events (with new opportunities added regularly), and support the Garden with your pass purchase.

A limited number of these exclusive passes are available.

Garden Experience Pass Benefits

  • Unlimited regular* admissions to the Garden for one person, year round, including winter open dates
  • Two free adult admission passes for guests (value $37.50)
  • Two free Luminaria tickets (value $42)
  • 10% off regular-priced merchandise in Garden Shop
  • 10% off concession purchases
  • 10% off plant sale purchases
  • Special offers and pricing on most garden experiences and events throughout the year – with new opportunities offered regularly
  • Option to purchase Twilight Picnic for Two at a fabulous discounted price of $85 ($40 in savings)
  • Option to purchase Northern Light Dining Experience for Two at a great discounted price of $175 ($80 in savings)
  • 10% off additional Twilight Picnic or Northern Light Dining Experience tickets
  • Free ice cream or coffee at concession when you show your card
  • First-in-line opportunity for select Garden events
  • Free optional Friends of the Garden membership, with invitations to insider talks, tours and special Friends’ events

Garden Experience Pass Prices
One Person | $150

Add an additional person to your pass (unlimited admissions):
Adult | $80
Senior | $64
Youth/Student | $40.75
Child | $21.50

Valid year-round, for one year from date of purchase.

 

 


 *Admission to some special events is excluded, however, first-in-line and discount opportunities are available for Year Round and Garden Experience passholders.
Passes are non-transferable and non-refundable. ID may be requested at gate.
Family passes include two adults and accompanying children age 17 and under.
Experiences like Luminaria, Picnics and Northern Light Dining are subject to availability and must be booked ahead.


Garden Pass FAQs

What can I expect when I order a pass?

You can decide whether you want to pick up your pass at the Garden the next time you visit or have your pass mailed to you.

I want to give a pass as a gift. Can you mail it someone else?

Sure! If you would like us to mail your package to an address other than your own, or specify someone else as a passholder, you can indicate this on your order.

I have my pass! Can I just show up?

At this time, reservations for all admissions and experiences must be made online in advance, and are subject to capacity limits. When you reserve, there will be an option to indicate you’re a passholder.

What does “unlimited admission” mean?

It means that pass holders can enjoy regular admission to the Garden as many times as they want, within the limits of their pass level, whenever the Garden is open. For Summer Pass holders, that means you can visit anytime we’re open, May through Thanksgiving. For Year Round and Garden Experience Passholders, you can visit whenever we’re open, all year long – we have expanded our open hours to take advantage of the beauty of all four seasons. We still have some periods where we’re closed to visitors (usually November and March/April) but the beauty of the Garden in winter is now available to enjoy. Some special ticketed events are excluded – check the website or contact us if you’re not sure.

I’m a Friends of the Garden member. How does this work for me?

NEW! The Garden and the Friends have worked together to streamline Garden pass and Friends membership purchases. Starting in late 2021, Friends membership cards will be converted to Garden Year Round Passes (benefits are equal or greater), and these will be effective until your original membership expiry date. When it’s time to renew, you can purchase a Garden pass and opt-in to continue your Friends membership at no extra charge.


For more information, contact uabg.visitorservices@ualberta.ca or 780-492-3267