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“Nice Little Gardens, A Bit Overgrown”

University of Alberta Botanic Garden
Ranked #19 of 187 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 through Labour Day (closed during the winter) and year round for education programs.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed August 18, 2014

Pros: A little botanical garden with some nice flowers in bloom. Many of the flower beds were very colorful.

Cons: There were many places where it was overgrown. I noticed several invasive weeds going out of control in spots (Most notably Verbascum thapsus/Common Mullien, which is considered a noxious weed in many US states) Located WAY out of town.

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Reviewed August 5, 2014

Mostly a pleasant place for a relaxing stroll and away from the busy rush of traffic etc. The Japanese gardens were very nice. We enjoyed a light picnic lunch by a large lake with local water birds and plants. Each section was separated well so that you didn't know what you would find next, which I guess is just what you would expect. Very enjoyable

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Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

Gardens are beautiful but very spread out. Not what I expected. Not enough washrooms plus the two there is very dirty.

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Reviewed August 5, 2014

I found it was not worth the value and could go for a walk at a nice park and see pretty much the same.
The butterflies were nice as was the asian gardens.

1  Thank M S
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Reviewed August 5, 2014

Not a showy garden, maybe it was the time of year!!!! It is used very extensively for wedding venues and it does have many good backgrounds.

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