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Devonian Gardens

Outside of Edmonton, AB

sunny 16 °C

My friend and I made a trip out to the Devonian Gardens. It was my first trip out there, even though it's so close to the city.

The Devonian Gardens is a 190 acre botanical garden run by the University of Alberta, just outside the city limits.

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We wandered around the beautiful gardens starting in the Japanese gardens.

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The gardens were very well manicured and pristine.

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There are also some green houses including the butterfly house...

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an arid climate...

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and a temperate...

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It kind of reminded me of the Muttart.

There are many trails and we did get a little lost. However, there were beautiful things to see everywhere so it didn't really matter. The only disappointing thing is that I thought it would be a very zen garden experience, however, with the nearby highway being so busy, it was noisier than my place in the city.

They were also doing some trials with heritage gardening. They were growing many plants that were brought over to Alberta in the 1800s. I knew almost all of the plants and had grown about half of them myself! I hope in the future more people appreciate the heritage plants and continue to grow them.

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The Devonian Gardens have tons of programming and exciting events including Luminaria, a candle light evening in the Japanese garden. I will definitely be back to check that out! It will be amazing to check in the garden in all the different seasons.

Posted by Kristy_pj 15:42 Archived in Canada Tagged nature walking garden alberta edmonton devonian_gardens

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