Heads up, nature lovers! In just a few short days, you’ll be able to return to the absolutely incredible University of Alberta Botanic Garden once more. This stunning garden is planning to reopen during the first week of May, and just in time for Mother’s Day! Here’s what you can expect.

The Botanic Garden features four main sections for you to explore- the Kurimoto Japanese Garden, the Aga Khan Garden, and Pavilion, the Patrick Seymour Alpine Gardens, and the collections themselves. Between the four areas, you’ll be able to see thousands of different kinds of plants, from the tiniest of flowers to the mightiest of trees!

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In addition to the natural wonders, there are also many amazing architectural features to see, too. We’re most impressed by the Diwan (Pavilion) at the Aga Khan Garden, since it’s got a sort of approachable yet brutalist vibe to it, which is right up our alley. That said, you’re also sure to be impressed by the many features of the Kurimoto Japanese Garden, from the entry gate to the pagoda and asuyamas (viewing platforms).

In order to adhere to public health guidelines, there are a few changes to keep in mind before your visit. Most importantly, all visits need to be made in advance online, since no ‘walk-ups’ will be permitted. In addition to this, masks are expected at all times within the garden, with exceptions for eating and drinking, of course.

We see the U of A Botanic Garden as the gift that keeps on giving throughout the summer! Check it out during the late spring, the dead of summer, and the start of fall to enjoy the garden in its true technicolor glory. That’s what we’re planning to do, anyway!

University of Alberta Botanic Garden

When: Slated to open Wednesday, May 6th
Where: Parkland County, Alberta
Cost: $18.75