April 30 - June 3: 10am - 4pm daily.
June 4 - July 1: 10am - 6pm daily.
July 2 - August 28: 10am - 9pm daily.
August 29 - October 10: 10am - 6pm daily.
October 11 - December 4: 11am - 4pm weekends only.
Adults $10.00; Seniors and Youth/Students (12-17 years) $8.00; Children (2-11 years) $6.00; Children under 2 Free; Family (2 adults and up to 3 children under 12 years) $31.00; Garden Season Pass (5 passes for the price of 4 passes) $40.00.
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The late Kubo Tadashi of Kubo and Associates of Osaka, Japan, designed this five-acre garden, which opened in 1990. His design was implemented by Mitani Kozo, also of Japan. The University of Alberta, Edmonton operates the garden, which is carefully designed to harmonize with the topography and native vegetation. It is part of the larger Devonian Botanical Gardens.
A traditional-style gate graces the entry and the garden features an arched bridge, a thirteen-story carved granite pagoda, a bell tower, an azumaya (open-sided shelter), a pavilion, a wooden bridge, a large pond and several stone lanterns. The stream meandering down a slope to the pond is artfully lined with stones and gives a convincing impression. This stonework was executed by Mr. Kubo and Mr. Mitani. Plantings include Larix sibirica and lovely effects of moss and lichens.
Located at the edge of the garden, the Ozawa Pavilion is a sukiya-style structure which commands a spectacular view of the garden. It serves to promote cultural exchange between Canada and Japan and provides a setting for workshops and retreats.
Dr. Yuichi Kurimoto, who was the first Japanese national to graduate from the University of Alberta’s Faculty of the Arts in 1930, gives the garden its name. The 1,500-pound friendship bell gracing the bell tower symbolizes the friendship between Nagoya Shoka University (which was founded by Dr. Kurimoto) and the University of Alberta.
Events include demonstrations of the tea ceremony several times each year, a spring festival and walks led by a horticulturist. Call (780) 987-3054 for more information.
Devonian Botanical Gardens offers a café, gift shop, picnic area and bus parking. Many types of tours are also available; call (780) 987-0362.
Japan a great stone garden in the sea.
Echoes of hoes and weeding,
Centuries of leading hill-creeks down
To ditch and pool in fragile knee deep fields.
Leafy sunshine rustling on a man
Chipping a foot-square rough hinoki beam;
I thought I heard an axe chop in the woods
It broke the dream; and woke up dreaming on a train.
It must have been a thousand years ago
In some old mountain sawmill of Japan.
A horde of excess poets and unwed girls
And I that night prowled Tokyo like a bear
Tracking the human future
Of intelligence and despair.