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University of Alberta Botanic Garden

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Address: 51227 Hwy 60 | Parkland County, Edmonton, Alberta T7Y 1C5, Canada
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+1 780-987-3054
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10:00 - 18:00
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Thu 10:00 - 20:30
Fri - Wed 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The University of Alberta Devonian Botanic Garden is a stunning 240-acre...

The University of Alberta 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.

Open daily to visitors May 1 through Thanksgiving.

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hidden GEM

what a special HIDDEN GEM in ALBERT. I was driving by and saw the sign, and decided to pull in on a whim. I could not believe what a special place this is. Butterfly garden... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

what a special HIDDEN GEM in ALBERT. I was driving by and saw the sign, and decided to pull in on a whim. I could not believe what a special place this is. Butterfly garden, Japanese Garden, and of course all things local. I could have spent all day there

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Thank Graham T
Kerry_UABG, Public Relations Manager at University of Alberta Botanic Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind comments. We're so glad you turned in when you saw the sign, and enjoyed discovering the Garden. We hope you get a chance to come back and spend a whole day. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

This is a nice place to go on a date. Lots of different things to look at. They often have events going on here which is pretty cool.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

We attended the Luminaria and it was beautiful. Our children loved the 'fairies' that where walking around and they enjoyed having pictures together. This was our first visit to the garden. We will defiantly return in the summer months.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

So pretty and wintry. I see several attendees complaining that it was not Christmassy enough. For me it was a winter wonderland and that it wasn't more Christmas was a plus. There were two carolling quartets and it is true that the was the main Christmas thing. We loved the frolicking snow angels in their white lights costumes. Every person... More 

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Kerry_DBG, Public Relations Manager at University of Alberta Botanic Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughtful comments. You've identified some areas that we are working on improving, like adding more stock to our Gift Shop for the event, and as the Garden grows we will be adding more programming, which we are looking forward to sharing with our patrons. In the meantime, we're so happy you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

At first I found that Luminaria at the Devonian Botanical Gardens to be simple display paper bag lights. Making rounds of the Japanese walking garden I came to see it much differently. The joyous and festive demeanours of all the staff and volunteers married with the warmth of the apple cider and natural wood fires brought out the beauty of... More 

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Kerry_DBG, Public Relations Manager at University of Alberta Botanic Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to comment. We're glad you enjoyed the simple, natural beauty of Luminaria. We hope to see you again. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Beautiful botanic garden, the nature lover's paradise. Very nicely maintained walks and paths, lots to see, suitable for all ages. There are always temporary displays and lots of seasonal programs.

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Kerry_DBG, Public Relations Manager at University of Alberta Botanic Garden, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to comment. We're so glad you enjoyed the Garden, and hope you have many opportunities to visit again. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

We love coming to the gardens and were so excited to get tickets for this years Luminaria (we missed it last year because it sold out!) because we've loved it in the past. We went on Saturday night and were greeted with the same peaceful serenity that we know to expect with all the beautiful candles. If you go next... More 

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Kerry_DBG, Public Relations Manager at University of Alberta Botanic Garden, responded to this review

We're so glad you enjoyed Luminaria. The peaceful, quiet beauty of the event is what brings so many visitors like yourselves back year after year, and we hope to see you again! More 

Edmonton, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Aside from the compromised safety we had on shuttle service, I feel like I visited a dungeon with 5 ice sculptures and dying candle lights. It's very awful! Very disappointing! It looks like a joke.

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Kerry_DBG, Public Relations Manager at University of Alberta Botanic Garden, responded to this review

We're sorry that what is offered at Luminaria did not meet your expectations. While many others tell us they love the quiet, natural simplicity of the event, we realize it is not for everyone. In regards to the shuttle service, we have been in contact with our contracted service provider to ensure the safety of our guests is paramount. I... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

I was extremely disappointed in Luminara. We were there on Sunday night...the lighted bags were magnificent and the view from the top of the hill was spectacular. But surely there could have been more done. There was 4 -5 ice sculptures! A few hot apple cider stands, quite a few fire pits, and that was it. Went to the craft... More 

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Kerry_DBG, Public Relations Manager at University of Alberta Botanic Garden, responded to this review

While we're very happy that you enjoyed the beauty of the candles in the Japanese Garden - it is a view that is loved by many thousands of visitors during the annual Luminaria event. In addition to the candle-lit paths, cider, firepits and ice sculptures, there are roving singers, illuminated Snow Sprites, Memory Lane (where visitors can light a candle... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

I was looking forward to 'date night' at the DBG....Sadly we were all disappointed. We were looking forward to Christmas lights everywhere! What we found was the Japanese Garden lit up along the path with candles in paper bags and a few ice sculptures. After a walk through the Japanese Garden we went into a gift shop that didn't have... More 

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Kerry_DBG, Public Relations Manager at University of Alberta Botanic Garden, responded to this review

We're sorry to hear that the Luminaria event did not meet your expectations. We minimize the use of electric light and put an emphasis on candle light in the Japanese Garden. While thousands of our visitors tell us they love the peaceful, quiet effect, and the minimal electricity, we realize this may not be what everyone is looking for. We... More 

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