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  • Fall comes to the gardens.
    Still lots to see as the temperatures cool!
  • Amazing Aerial Footage!
    See the wetlands throughout the year from the air! See aerial footage on YouTube!
  • The Greenhouse Sales are back!
    New this week - hardy lily bulbs!
  • Greenhouse Sale takes the summer off.
    Check back in September for more great sales!

Education For Visitors

Visitors to the garden can take home ideas and inspiration for plants to try, colour combinations to experiment with, design concepts to consider.  New annuals can be found in the gardens each year – if you are curious about what will perform well in a prairie garden, our gardens are the perfect place to find out! 

To this end, we aim to label all of our plant material, which means you have the information you need to learn more, and find the plant you are looking for in the local garden centres.  Click to learn more about the plant labels at Olds College, or see how to read a plant label.

New this year we have created a PDF document that shows the plant recipes for all our Containers!  Click here to download.

The All American Selections Display Garden in our gardens is the perfect place to see some of the best of the best in annuals and vegetables.  See the AAS webpage to learn more.

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The Olds College Botanic Gardens is a diverse, dynamic and invaluable resource that is used to support education at the College at all levels.



Is your garden club looking for a tour and workshop?  Are you a school teacher interested in bringing your class to the gardens?  We’re happy to work with our Con Ed and Conference Services teams to come up with a product to suit your needs.  Contact us at the main e-mail address to start the process. 



The Olds College Botanic Gardens and Treatment Wetlands is closely linked to our education programs.  Post-secondary students in the Horticulture Program at Olds College might be studying the new turf and grass areas in the gardens, or using the plants to enhance their plant identification and morphology skills.  Perennials and annuals found in the gardens might have been propagated by students; trees in the gardens may be pruned by arboriculture students; and students taking a landscape design class might find themselves working on the plans for the next addition to the gardens!

Students in the Land and Environment Program may be assisting with the maintenance of plant material in the wetland ponds, drilling through the ice in the winter to take water samples, or studying potential problem species such as mosquitoes or muskrats.  Education moves seamlessly from the classroom to the outdoors, and the Olds College Botanic Gardens and Treatment Wetlands are a big part of the hands-on learning found at the College.

See our Program pages to learn about the Horticulture and Land and Environment Programs.



If you are considering continuing education or looking to enhance or change your career, Olds College’s continuing education programs are a great place to begin. We offer short courses, distance learning, evening classes and online programs to accommodate your busy lifestyle.  Studies in the areas of Horticulture include arboriculture, landscape design, insects and turf management while Land and Environment courses include content such as the classification of native plant communities, GPS and mapping, soil properties and much more.  See the Continuing Education page to find out more.

Hort Week

For those interested in immersion learning, don’t miss Hort Week! For 49 years gardeners have gathered at Olds College for this week that inspires and informs. Everyone from beginner to expert can learn something valuable, enjoy the company of fellow enthusiasts and experience the fun of summer camp all over again.

Join us for workshops and courses all about gardening, growing and creating beautiful things. Learn more about what you love in-class, in our greenhouses and outdoors in our Botanic Garden!