Date Night at the Garden


Every Thursday
June 4 through August 27, 2015

Admission until 8:30 pm
Garden stays open until dusk

The Devonian Botanic Garden would like to invite you on a date (we think your mother would approve)!

Bring your sweetheart or come with the gang. Stroll the Garden till dusk – 
it’s beautiful in the twilight. Add a different pleasure every week. Share a Date Nightbite to eat at the Patio Cafe, or bring a picnic, and you have all the elements of a great night out.


Date Night FAQs

What's are the Date Night activities for 2015? We have a great lineup for the 2015 season, including the ever-popular dance lessons with the U of A Dance Club, movie night under the stars, games nights, theme nights, fun-to-do-together activities and more. 

Date NightWhat about the food? The outdoor Patio Cafe offers light fare (soup, sandwiches, salads, ice cream) and is open late on Date Nights. You can enjoy your meal at the Patio Cafe, or take it to where the Date Night activities are being held in the Garden. On select Date Nights, the Patio Cafe will be offering Date Night dinner specials (advance reservations recommended for specials). A "Garden Bar" will be available near Date Night activities, with an assortment of beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks available for purchase. Or, if you prefer, you can bring in your own picnic to enjoy anywhere in the Garden (no alcohol, please).

What happens if it rains? We have you covered. On most Date Nights, activities take place under shelter in our Pine Pavilion. However, in the event of extreme weather, some activities may be postponed or cancelled.

Can you get me a date? Sorry, that part's up to you. But don't worry - we see groups of friends, families, singles (and romantic couples, of course) come out on Date Night to enjoy the Garden and the fun. You can come with your darling, your book club, or your mom - it's all good!

2015 Date Night Admission Rates:
$13.50 Adults
$7.00 Students
$9.75 Seniors

Includes admission to the Garden and entertainment.
Prices do not include GST or food. 

Friends of the Garden Members and Season Pass Holders get free admission to the Garden (registration to some Date Nights is still required - see the list below.)

Call (780) 987-3054 ext. 2227 for reservations and information, or register online with the links below.

2015 Date Night Lineup

Lilac June 4 - Seniors Date Night
6 pm till dusk. In celebration of Alberta Seniors' Week! Bring your partner or gather your pals, and treat yourself to dinner and dancing to live music provided by The Serenaders. Seniors Date Night Dinner Special: BBQ Beef, Chicken and Pulled Pork, with homestyle baked beans, baked potato salad, kale slaw, garden salad, baked bread pudding, coffee/tea/punch for $16. 

 
June 11 - Pride Picnic Date Night
6 pm till dusk. Pride blooms at the Garden! All the fixings are here: herb-inspired mixology tour with Greenland Garden Centre/630 CHED host Morgan Webb, classic lawn games, and enchanted twilight strolls. Bring your picnic basket and blanket (no alcohol, please), or pick up some light fare at the Patio Cafe for a lovely evening in the Garden.

June 18 - Waltz Lessons with the U of A Dance Club
6 pm till dusk, dance lessons at 7:30 pm. Let the experts from the U of A Dance Club teach you and your date how to waltz in a fun and supportive atmosphere - no experience required. Enjoy a stroll around the Garden or fuel up at the Patio Cafe before dancing at 7:30 pm - pre-lesson dinner reservations can be made by calling the Patio Cafe at (587) 785-0605. Purchase your admission ticket online here or call 780-987-3054 ext. 2227

June 25 - Comedy Night
6 pm till dusk. Get ready to laugh with comedian Sean Lecomber! Laughs in the Garden start at 7:30 pm. Weather permitting, the performance will take place outdoors; in the event of inclement weather, indoor seating is guaranteed for advance ticket holders only. There will be a combination of cabaret and theatre-style seating. Advance purchase a table of eight for only $86, or book your individual tickets now. Order early at (780) 987-3054 ext. 2227 or online here - guaranteed seating is expected to sell fast. Pre-show dinner reservations can be made at the Patio Cafe by calling (587) 785-0605.

Croquet July 2 - Craft Beer & Croquet Date Night
6 pm till dusk. The croquet mallets are lined up, the grass is green, the flowers are blooming and the craft beer is chilled! Gather your date or your gang and head to the Garden - garden party wear is fully encouraged. Sherbrooke Liquor will lead the craft beer tastings. Purchase your admission ticket online here or call 780-987-3054 ext 2227.
Dinner reservations can be made by calling the Patio Cafe at 587-785-0605.
July 9 - Taiko Drumming Date Night
6 pm till dusk. Two hearts beat louder than one! Take a mini taiko drumming workshop with your dearest, led by Booming Tree Taiko. Sign up for a workshop in advance, or just come to watch. Purchase your admission ticket online here or call 780-987-3054 x 2227
Waltz July 16 - Swing Lessons with the U of A Dance Club
6 pm till dusk; dance lessons at 7:30 pm. You and your date can learn how to dance in a fun and supportive atmosphere, led by the experts from the U of A Dance Club, in a gorgeous setting. No experience required. Fuel up at the Patio Cafe, then get ready to swing it! Purchase your admission ticket online here or call 780-987-3054 ext. 2227.
Marigolds July 23 - Inspired by India Date Night
6 pm till dusk. Sitars and saris, samosas and sadhus - no can deny the sensory richness of Indian culture! Enjoy a special music performance from the Indian Music Academy at 7:30. Indulge further with a henna tattoo, and reserve a special Indian buffet dinner ($18) in advance. Weather permitting, the performance will take place outdoors. In the event of inclement weather, indoor seating is guaranteed for advance ticket holders only. There will be a combination of seating at tables and theatre-style. Advance purchase a table of eight for only $86 (plus dinner, if you choose), or individual tickets. Order early - guaranteed indoor seating is expected to sell fast. Purchase your admission ticket online here or call 780-987-3054 ext. 2227.

Veggies July 30 - Date Night for Foodies
An evening of culinary adventure - think local, think fabulous! Details coming soon. Purchase your admission ticket online here or call 780-987-3054 ext. 2227.

Watercolour August 6 - Watercolour en plein air
6 pm till dusk. Drop in and paint a watercolour postcard memory with your date. Artist Justine Jenkins will be on hand to get you started; the setting and your company will provide the inspiration. The Patio Cafe will have their summer favorites available; food to fuel your creativity. Purchase your admission ticket online here or call 780-987-3054 ext. 2227. If you want to dive deeper into art, the Garden is also offering a 3-hour workshop from 6:30-9:30pm (advance registration required): "An Evening with Frida", where you can work with techniques used by famed artist Frida Kahlo, guided by instructor Lorraine Shulba. 

CamNeufeld
August 13 - Oh So Boho! Bohemian Date Night
6 pm till dusk. With wandering minstrels and picnicking poets, the Garden celebrates the bohemian spirit. Ignite your stroll with a performance by world travelling violinist Cam Neufeld and percussionist extraordinaire Ahmed Al Auquaily, the tantalizing belly dancing of Elvira. Purchase your admission ticket online here or call 780-987-3054 ext. 2227.

DanceClub August 20 - Salsa Dance Lessons with the U of A Dance Club
6 pm till dusk; dance lessons start at 7:30 pm. No experience required - members of the U of A Dance Club will teach you and your date how to salsa in a fun and supportive atmosphere. If you want to reserve a pre-lesson dinner special, call the Patio Cafe at (587) 785-0605. Purchase your admission ticket online here or call 780-987-3054 ext. 2227.

LifeofPi August 27 - Outdoor Movie Night
Gates at 6 pm; movie starts at dusk. It's Movie Night - a perfect way to send out summer. Bring your blanket or low lawn chair and settle under the stars for an outdoor big-screen experience of the visually stunning adventure "Life of Pi", and a pre-show with some fabulous FAVA shorts. Purchase your admission ticket online here or call 780-987-3054 ext. 2227.