University of Alberta Botanic Garden

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Institution Code: ALTA

BGCI Member: Yes

Kurimoto Japanese Garden at the University of Alberta Botanic Garden
Kurimoto Japanese Garden at the University of Alberta Botanic Garden

About the University of Alberta Botanic Garden

The University of Alberta Botanic Garden, (formerly the Devonian Botanic Garden) is a 240 acre (97 hectare) property located 15 minutes SW of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. A unit of the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences at the U of A, the Botanic Garden features cultivated gardens and plant collections, indoor showhouses, and extensive nature trails.

Highlights of the Garden, which was established in 1959, include the 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.

In addition to its collections of living plants, the Garden maintains a moss herbarium. Over 70,000 visitors annually enjoy the Garden’s displays, special events and educational programs. Planned major expansions include a 12-acre Islamic Garden, a gift from His Highness the Aga Khan, scheduled to open in 2018.

Main Address:
University of Alberta Botanic Garden
University of Alberta
51227 AB-60
Parkland County
Alberta T7Y 1C5 Canada

Telephone: (780) 987-3054
Fax: (780) 987-4141
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Carl Charest, Interim General Manager
    Curator's Name: Kenneth Willis, Head of Horticulture
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 5
    Educational Staff Number: 4
    Research Staff Number: 2
    Administration Staff Number: 5

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: State: No
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Municipal: No
    Status: Satellite: No
    Status: Trust: No
  • Date founded: 1959
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 59 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 38 Hectares
  • Total Area: 97 Hectares
    Latitude: 53.40844
    Longitude: -113.75736
    Annual Rainfall: 66 mm
    Altitude: 1300.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 90 Metres
    Total area of shadehouses: 150 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 12000
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 4
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: Yes
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 70000
    Number of Volunteers: 150

Plant Collections

  • Special Collections:Caragana, Gentiana, Geranium, Paeonia, Populus, Potentilla fruiticosa cvs, Primula, shrub roses, Thuja occidentalis cvs, dwarf Pinus and Picea cvs, Medicago spp. n seed bank.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: Yes
    ABS Policy: No
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: Yes
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes
    Reintroduction Programme: No

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: No
    Plant Breeding: No
    Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Conservation - Genetics: No
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Yes
    Ecology: Yes
    Ecosystem Conservation: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: Yes
    Exploration: No
    Floristics: No
    Horticulture: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Yes
    Molecular Genetics: No
    Pollination Biology: No
    Restoration Ecology: Yes
    Seed/Spore Biology: Yes
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Yes
    Sustainability: Yes
    Pharmacology: Yes
    Agriculture: Yes
    Land Restoration: Yes
    Urban Environments: No

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: Yes
    Courses for University/College Students: Yes
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes