Frequently Asked Questions

Can I view the Garden in the winter?
The Garden is open daily from May 1 to Thanksgiving. It is not possible to view the Garden in the winter months; however, we are happy to send you photos and answer any questions.

How much is the deposit and what forms of payment do you accept?
The deposit for photographs is $50.00. For ceremonies the deposit is 50%. All deposits are non-refundable; there are no exceptions. Payment can be made with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Debit and Cash. No personal cheques are accepted.

If I book my ceremony at the Garden and it rains/snows, am I entitled to a refund?

As the Devonian Botanic Garden provides a backup for ceremonies in the event of inclement weather, no refunds will be given. There are no exceptions.

What happens to my ceremony if it rains?
All ceremony packages include a sheltered rain backup, and include access to our indoor showhouses for photos. You have until one hour before your ceremony to let us know if you want it moved inside.

How do my guests know where to go on the day of the wedding?
On the day of the wedding, a separate entrance will be opened to your guests. Wedding staff will be present to greet and direct your guests to the ceremony location, and there will be signs.

Can I rent a golf cart for my wedding / photos?
No. Golf carts cannot be rented by the public. A shuttle service is included in ceremony packages for the wedding party, immediate family, elderly and disabled guests only. All other guests must be prepared to walk.

Golf cart service is not available to groups booked for photographs only, so please be prepared for walking.

How can my elderly and disabled guests get to the wedding?
With your ceremony booking, there is shuttle service for elderly and disabled guests. This shuttle will transport guests who require assistance to the ceremony location, and back to the front entrance after the event.

Will a golf cart transport my wedding party around the garden for wedding photographs?
We will shuttle the wedding party to the first photo location after the ceremony only. After drop off, the wedding party must be prepared for walking from one photo location to another.

Is there somewhere that the wedding party can get ready before the ceremony?
Many of our wedding groups dress at home and arrive ready to go. If you would prefer to get ready at the Garden, the Ozawa Pavilion, located in our Kurimoto Japanese Garden offers washroom, shower and full kitchen facilities. This Japanese style teahouse can be rented for two hours, four hours and overnight. Must be booked in advance, subject to availability; please contact the Wedding Coordinator for more information.

What options do I have for music for my ceremony? Is there power in the Garden?
You are welcome to bring your own sound system or rent our portable PA. There is power at the Wedding Patio and in the Pine Pavilion. You will need to bring your own cord.

There are several outlets in the Kurimoto Japanese Garden; you must provide a cord. There is no power in the Alpine Garden or Primula Dell - sound systems must be able to run on battery.

An alternative is to hire a live musician. The Devonian Botanic Garden has access to some of the finest musicians in Edmonton, and can arrange the booking for you. Please contact the Wedding Coordinator for more information.

You can also hire your own musician(s). Please remind them that this is an outdoor facility, and that all instruments/ equipment must be transported by foot or on a golf cart. Vehicles are not allowed in the Garden without advance permission of the Wedding Coordinater

If your musician(s) require shelter, 10' x 10' white pop-up tents are available for an extra charge of $25 each.

Is a photographer included with the wedding or photo booking?
A photographer is not included with your booking.

Do you have indoor photo locations?
Although we are mainly an outdoor facility, there are a few indoor locations that can be used for wedding photographs (with ceremony package bookings only).

These areas are small, so photo opportunities may be limited.

If I book only my photographs at the Garden and it rains, do I get my deposit back?
The Devonian Botanic Garden takes a small non-refundable deposit towards your photograph booking, with the balance due the day of the photographs. If you do not show up for your photos (for any reason), you only lose the deposit and are not required to pay the balance. We encourage you to have an indoor alternate arranged in advance in case of poor weather.

Where are the washrooms located?
There are washrooms in the main parking lot area, near the visitor entrance of the Devonian Botanic Garden.

There are additional washrooms near the Pine Pavilion, on the east side of the main Garden.

Where are you located? Are you on the University of Alberta campus?
We are not located on the University of Alberta campus. The Devonian Botanic Garden is located in Parkland County - only 15 minutes from West Edmonton Mall, or 20 minutes from South Side Edmonton (5 km north of Devon on Highway 60).

Do I get a discount if I am a University of Alberta employee or a student/alumni of the university?
Sorry, there are no discounts for weddings or photographs.

Can our pet take part in our ceremony or photos?
Sorry, pets are not permitted at the Garden.

  Subject to change.