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Devonian Botanic Garden

Canada - Alberta - Edmonton

Institution Code: ALTA

International Agenda Registration: Y
BGCI Member: N

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: N
    Status: State: N
    Status: Educational: Y
    Status: Municipal: N
    Status: Satellite: N
    Status: Trust: N
  • Date founded: 1959
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Y
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 51 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Y
    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: Y
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 12000
    Arboretum: Y
    Arboretum Size: 4
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: N
    Seed Bank: Y
    Published Plant Catalogue: Y
    Computer Plant Record System: N
  • Open to public: Y
    Friends society: Y
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Y
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Y
    Disabled access: Y
  • 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: Y
    Invasive Species Policy: N
    ABS Policy: N
    Plant Collection Policy: Y

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Y
    Medicinal Plant Programme: Y
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Y
    Reintroduction Programme: N

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: N
    Plant Breeding: N
    Conservation - Biology: Y
    Conservation - Genetics: N
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Y
    Ecology: Y
    Ecosystem Conservation: Y
    Education: Y
    Ethnobotany: Y
    Exploration: N
    Floristics: N
    Horticulture: Y
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Y
    Molecular Genetics: N
    Pollination Biology: N
    Restoration Ecology: Y
    Seed/Spore Biology: Y
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Y
    Sustainability: Y
    Pharmacology: Y
    Agriculture: Y
    Land Restoration: Y
    Urban Environments: N

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Y
    Education Signs in Garden: Y
    Public Lectures/Talks: Y
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Y
    Guided Tours: Y
    Permanent Public Displays: Y
    Special Exhibitions: Y
    Courses for School Children: Y
    Courses for General Public: Y
    Education Programme: Y
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