Research and education
one place! A wildlife refuge for redwing blackbirds, wood frogs, Canada geese and yes, even the occasional moose, the Imrie Wetland has a boardwalk for visitors to view the local wildlife.
Step back in time as you wander along paths over ancient sand dunes from a glacial lake that have become stabilized over time by native plant species. Along this forest walk, observe a variety of native trees and plants including birch (Betula), hazelnut (Corylus) and bunchberry (Cornus canadensis) and keep an eye out for some of the many animals and birds such as the Great horned owl that make this forest their home.
Flooding caused issues for the Devonian in the 1960s and wetland areas such as Calla Pond and Grebe Wetland were created in the 1970s to combat this problem. The result, was picturesque bodies of water that added to the beauty of the garden and saving it at the same time.
As a unit of the University of Alberta, the Devonian also has a site for trials of new commercial garden plant cultivars, to test plant hardiness and performance prior to their hitting local greenhouse shelves.
The showhouse displays plants from different growing conditions around the world. The tropical showhouse and butterfly garden will whisk you away to a tropic paradise. Colourful butterflies from Central and South America flutter around lush tropical plants in this humid environment. The arid display is filled with an otherworldly collection of succulents and cacti. In the temperate environment the scent of fragrant plants fill the air. Coffee, lemons, pomegranate plants are just a few of the important plants that can be found here.
The sensory garden is designed to be an educational garden that is accessible to everyone. Raised beds are designed for wheelchair access to view and touch the plants. The sensory garden is a wonderful place to stimulate all your senses in the garden; sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell.
Edible and medicinal plants
From early medicinal uses to domes-
One of the gardens preparing for a wedding ceremony.
The Devonian’s logo is the Himalayan Blue Poppy, which some horticulturalists thought would never grow in Alberta.