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Devonian Botanic Garden

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Canada - Alberta - Edmonton

Institution Code: ALTA

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: No

About the Devonian Botanic Garden

The Devonian Botanic Garden (founded in 1959 and located 30 minutes from Edmonton just north of Devon), has collections and teaching research and visitor facilities that occupy 90 acres, including the Kurimoto Japanese Garden and four display houses, plus another 100 acres of natural area. In addition to numerous specialized collections of living plants, the Garden maintains an internationally recognized microfungus collection and herbarium. The Garden has an annual budget of approximately $3 million. There are 11 full-time staff members, including 4 academic positions, up to 60 seasonal and contract employees and 150 volunteers. Over 60,000 visitors annually enjoy the Garden’s displays, special events and educational programs. Major expansion in 2013-2015 is a funded 9 acre Islamic Garden.

Main Address:
Devonian Botanic Garden
University of Alberta
Highway 60
Alberta T6G 2E1 Canada

Telephone: (780) 987-3054 ext 2233
Fax: (780) 987-4141
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Lee Foote, Director
    Curator's Name: Rene Belland, Curator
    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: 51 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 38 Hectares
  • Total Area: 89 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: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: No
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 60000
    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: No
    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 General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes