Visit the Gardens

Whether you are a keen gardener looking for ideas, or simply seeking a pleasant place to stroll, the Olds College Botanic Gardens and Constructed Wetlands is a worthy destination.

Visit

The Botanic Gardens and Constructed Wetlands are open to the public free of charge from dawn til dusk during the gardening season (April to October). During the winter months, the Central portion of the gardens is accessible, but the east portion is closed to the public. Donation boxes are found at each entrance to the gardens, and a $5 donation is suggested. All proceeds go to the ongoing support and care of the gardens.

Download the HisTREE App

Make the most of your visit with the Olds College Botanic Gardens App. Download for free and learn more by scanning the HisTree tags found in the gardens.

As a botanic garden we are required to keep records on our plant collections including details such as plant type, scientific name, supplier, planting information and more.  We also aim to share as much information as possible with our visitors. To assist in efforts to meet these goals, Olds College has entered into a partnership with HisTREE - a product of Nektar Data.  Primarily an asset management company tying data to GIS location information and using applications and cloud based data, HisTREE was developed to manage green spaces, in particular urban trees. Olds College Botanic Gardens has worked with HisTREE to tailor their program to the unique needs of a botanic garden. 

Assets in the garden can take many forms - plant material, beds, signage, ponds, irrigation boxes, etc. Information on these assets is accessed by scanning a QR code (unique to HisTREE) found on plant labels, tree tags and signage. Visitors to the garden can download the Olds College Botanic Gardens App (found in the App Store). QR codes can then be scanned, bringing up a PDF that will provide more detailed information on the plant, sign content, pond, or planting bed. 

  

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Guided Tours

The Botanic Gardens and Constructed Wetlands consists of two main portions - Central (the original two phases) and East (third phase including the constructed wetlands). Each is worthy of its own more detailed tour, or you may opt to have an overview of both. The timing of your tour, and the price, is dependent on this choice. If you are interested in a tour that focuses more specifically on the construction, functioning, and research activities related to the Constructed Wetlands, we would be happy to provide a guide with the relevant expertise. 

Please note - if your group is more than 15 people, please inquire about having a second tour guide - fees will be adjusted accordingly.

Full Botanic Garden Tour

  • Length: Minimum of 90 minutes; 120 minutes recommended
  • Price: $15 per person with a $150 minimum charge (10 people or less is $150)
  • Tour Numbers: Maximum number of 15 people

Central OR East Tour

Tour includes an overview of all the specialty gardens, hitting on seasonal highlights.

  • Length: Minimum of 60 minutes; 90 minutes recommended
  • Price: $10 per person with a $100 minimum charge (10 people or less is $100)
  • Tour Numbers: Maximum number of 15 people
Is it free to use the Botanic Gardens?

The gardens are open to the public free of charge from dawn til dusk during the gardening season (April to October). During the winter months, the Central portion of the gardens is accessible, but the east portion is closed to the public, unless by prior arrangement. Contact us to explore these options. 

Donation boxes are found at each entrance to the gardens, and a $5 donation is suggested.  All proceeds go to the ongoing support and care of the gardens.

How do I get to the Botanic Gardens?

The gardens are located on the Olds College campus. The campus is located in the town of Olds, Alberta, just off the main highway (The Queen Elizabeth Highway or Highway 2) between Alberta’s two main cities of Calgary and Edmonton.

Parking for the Central portion of the gardens is in Lot A near the Land Sciences Centre. The east portion of the gardens which houses the Treatment Wetlands can be accessed by walking along the Bylands Promenade, or parking can be found in Lot D.