At Edmonton’s Muttart Conservatory, it is summer all year round. Within the landmark pyramids are four gardens in glass – a little slice of heaven both for those who are passionate about plants and those who are simply looking to reconnect with nature. Each pyramid is climate-controlled enabling the creation of four distinct patches of paradise.
The tropical pyramid has always been my personal favourite. The largest garden at the Muttart, it is lush and vibrant. The colours and textures, warmth and smells envelope you. I have always found it to be a very calming place with its soothing sounds of trickling water and dense vegetation that seems to encompass you in a protective embrace. It is a great place to go whenever you need to unwind – simply sit or stroll and soak up the sights, scents and sounds.
The arid pyramid is home to a delightful desert. Its hacienda-like entryway evokes happy memories of Mexican vacations. This pyramid is filled with an astonishing array of cacti in every shape and size imaginable – who knew there were so many different types! – and, if you look carefully, you will see brightly painted lizards peeking at you.
The temperate pyramid contains plants from areas, such as Canada, that experience distinct seasons. Here, you will find plants that are familiar to you mixed with those from other parts of the planet. The selection of flowers to be found in this pyramid changes regularly so there are always new beautiful blossoms to be seen.
Unlike the other three pyramids, the fourth pyramid is not dedicated to any one biome. Instead, this pyramid features special displays that change throughout the year. Often, the theme centers around a holiday, like Christmas or Chinese New Year’s. In every display, there are brilliant bursts of colour coupled with strategically placed sculptures. It is a great place to take family photos with its rich backdrops and smile-evoking environment.
The Muttart Conservatory is perfect place to go to revive your spirits and soothe your soul. Its brilliant foliage and earthy scents provide the pick-me-up you need on a cold, bleak winter’s day while the surrounding gardens are a great spot to relax and enjoy a picnic in the summer.
Need a mental health break after a stressful day at work? The Muttart is ideally located close to downtown. Both educational and enjoyable, beautiful and bizarre, the Muttart Conservatory is an oasis at any time of the year.