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Plan a road trip to St. Albert and Edmonton


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Edmonton and its suburb, St. Albert, offers several garden destinations to
visit and plenty of visual inspiration showcasing what to grow in a zone 3 garden.

1.VISIT
St. Albert, Alberta

St. Albert, known as the province’s “Botanical Arts City,” was named one of the best places to live in Canada by MoneySense magazine. This city, northwest of Edmonton, offers a public art walk, a huge garden centre, a botanic park and various outdoor beautification programs. St. Albert has established itself as a horticultural hot spot in Canada, winning “Initiative
of the Year” at this year’s Garden Tourism Awards.

2. SHOP
The Enjoy Centre

101 Riel Dr., St. Albert
The Enjoy Centre is the heart of St. Albert’s gardening community. Also a Garden Tourism Award winner (for “Destination Garden Centre of the Year”), this massive multi-use facility hosts a nursery, garden store, spa, restaurant, whole foods market and more.

3. EAT & DRINK
Glasshouse Bistro & Café
101 Riel Dr., St. Albert
Enjoy your brunch in a sunny greenhouse with views of the Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park. The menu offers decadent dishes, featuring seasonal herbs and vegetables.

4. STAY
Matrix Hotel
10640 100 Ave., Edmonton
This comfy and well-situated hotel is a great jumping-off point for your road trip. Plus, it hosts evening wine tastings, the perfect way to relax after a long day visiting gardens.

5. DO
Muttart Conservatory
9626 96A St., Edmonton,
Your itinerary should include these four stunning glass pyramids, representing different climates from tropical to arid.

VISIT
University of Alberta Devonian Botanic Garden
Hwy. 60, Edmonton
If you have the time, bring your walking shoes to explore 80 acres of gardens. Don’t miss the tropical greenhouse with its butterflies, and plan to eat lunch at the Birch Patio, which has views of the garden.

VISIT
Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm
56311 Lily Lake Road, Bon Accord
This 35-acre farm is home to a nursery and garden shop, pick-your-own strawberry patch, petting farm, corn maze, a Klondike ghost town and much more.

Here's an article with photos from my visit.

 

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