Re­search and ed­u­ca­tion

Alberta Gardener Magazine - - News -

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.

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