Visitor FAQ

What is a botanic garden?

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.

Where are you located? Are you on the University of Alberta campus?

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.

When can I see the new Aga Khan Garden?

Construction of the Aga Khan Garden is complete, and it is open for viewing starting June 29, 2018. Finishing touches on plantings and landscaping will continue throughout the 2018 season. A public grand opening event is planned for 2019.

What are all the labels for?

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.

Can I catch a bus to the Garden?

Sorry, there is no public transportation to the Garden. A vehicle is necessary to get here.

What about parking?

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 in overflow parking lot - inquire at Gift Shop.

Is the Garden wheelchair accessible?

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 stairs or steep grades where assistance is recommended for wheelchairs.

Do you have strollers or wheelchairs available for rent?

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.

Can I rent a golf cart?

Sorry, golf carts are not available for rent. There are a number of options if you want to ride during your visit: a Guided Tram Tour takes you through the Garden in seated comfort, with an informative 45 minute interpretive tour. Or, you may prefer our new Bee Line tram service, an unguided service that allows visitors to get off and on at a series of stops throughout the Garden.

Can I ride my bike through the Garden?

Sorry, bikes, tricycles and skateboards are not permitted inside the Garden. There are bike racks located outside the Gift Shop, and near the entrance to the Devonian Trail in Parking Lot B.

Can I walk my dog at the Garden?

Sorry, with the exception of certified service animals, pets are not permitted inside the Garden. Please leave pets at home. (One notable exception, new for 2018, is Dog Day at the Garden, Oct 7, 2018 - the one and only day that you can bring your dog.)

Is food 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.

Can I buy plants at the Garden?

The UABG’s annual plant sale was a two-day event in 2018, on May 12 and 13. Next year, the plant sale will return for a longer period, and you will be able to 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.

Can I visit in the winter?

The Garden is open to visitors daily in 2018 from June 29 through October 8. 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.