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“Supervising Grade 2 Nature / Bug School Trip”

University of Alberta Botanic Garden
Ranked #18 of 183 things to do in Edmonton
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The University of Alberta Botanic Garden (formerly the Devonian Botanic Garden) is a stunning 240-acre property located 15 minutes southwest of Edmonton, with cultivated gardens and plant collections, indoor showhouses, and an extensive nature trail system. Highlights of the Garden, which was established in 1959, include the beautiful Kurimoto Japanese Garden; a Tropical Showhouse with exotic butterflies; Temperate and Arid Showhouses; alpine, herb, rose, peony, lilac and lily collections; Native Peoples Garden; trial beds and much more. The Garden is an award-winning visitor attraction, a research site, and home to year-round adult and children's education programming. The Garden is open daily to visitors starting May 1 and year round for education programs.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Edmonton, Canada
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26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Supervising Grade 2 Nature / Bug School Trip”
Reviewed October 19, 2012

Great place to learn about nature and catch lots of different bugs. Need to get away from the city for a day? This is the place to go. Flowers, plants, lake, bridge, fields, more areas to explore than you could ever visit in a lifetime (that's right over half of the land is not accessible).

It's a far drive from Edmonton but well worth it if you have never seen a botanical garden.

The kids were told they couldn't say gross or disgusting or words of that nature when they say bugs or things they didn't like. Instead, they were to say: Hmmm, that's interesting. Now, ever time someone farts one of the kids says hmmm, that's interesting...there you go, I let you in on our inside joke, don't say we don't care lol.

Visited June 2012
Thank LedZed
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English first
Westlock, Canada
Level Contributor
55 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Wedding a devon botanical gardens”
Reviewed October 5, 2012

It was such a beautiful setting for a wedding, was in the spring. Flowers were just starting to come out and the rock garden flowers were beautiful

Thank suzanj55
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Cloyne, Canada
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65 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Peaceful oasis”
Reviewed September 2, 2012

Came very early in Sept. and still lots of flowers in bloom this year. Nice place to wander quietly if you like plants and a Japanese garden. Less than $10 for a two hour stroll. We'd recommend the Devonian garden, though nothing there for kids.

Visited September 2012
1 Thank Ben M
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Brno, Czech Republic
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117 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“A Botanic Oasis Just a Quick Trip from the City”
Reviewed July 22, 2012

The Devonian Botanic Garden, which is maintained by the University of Alberta, is within easy reach (by car) of Edmonton and makes a great diversion if you need a break from the city.

The gardens are very walkable, with well maintained trails and signage throughout; this is good as I found the small map they gave us at the entrance to be less than helpful in navigating the gardens.

The Gardens are separated into sections representing wetlands, alpine, medicinal plants; plus many other types. There is also a Japanese garden and a greenhouse with live butterflies.

Public washrooms are a bit scarce at the garden with one at the entrance and the other at the far end of the garden. Something to consider if you've got little kids with you.

Visited July 2012
2 Thank BeyondPrague
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