University of Alberta Botanic Garden Collections

The University of Alberta Botanic Garden’s diverse collection, comprised of thousands of unique plants, features a wide diversity of ornamentals, fruits, vegetables, trees and shrubs, with an emphasis on plants suited to the extremes of a northern climate. Collections are organized to display and interpret ecosystems, habitats and the relationships between people and plants, in addition to being aesthetically pleasing.

Annuals and Perennials

A large assortment of annuals and perennials located throughout the garden.

Fruits and Vegetables

Raspberries, plums, saskatoons, and an annually changing assortment of vegetables are grown throughout the Garden.

Herb and Sensory Gardens

View medicinal, and other plants designed to stimulate the senses of sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell.


Lilacs (Syringa) blooms in every shade of purple, along with white, pink and even blue varieties.


Martagon and Asiatic lilies (Lilium) feature many cultivars, including varieties developed by local breeders, and provide a colorful, fragrant summer display.


A large and diverse collection of fragrant, long-lived peonies (Paeonia) blooms mid-summer.


The large and diverse collection of Primula can be found in early spring in the Primula Dell and Alpine Garden.


Enjoy this large collection of hardy cultivated varieties and species roses (Rosa) that thrive and survive in our harsh Zone 3 climate.

Trees and Shrubs

Hedges and shrubs, vines and climbers.