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.

Entryway to the Muttart Conservatory.
Entryway to the Muttart Conservatory.
The Muttart Conservatory's pyramids are an Edmonton landmark.
The Muttart Conservatory’s pyramids are an Edmonton landmark.

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 tropical pyramid has a water feature consisting of a waterfall and fish-filled pond.
The tropical pyramid has a water feature consisting of a waterfall and fish-filled pond.
The Muttart has a large orchid collection, many of which can be found in the tropical pyramid.
The Muttart has a large orchid collection, many of which can be found in the tropical pyramid.

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.

Leaping lizards! This colourful characters can be found hiding amongst the cacti in the arid pyramid.
Leaping lizards! This colourful characters can be found hiding amongst the cacti in the arid pyramid.

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.

A beautiful sculpture in the temperate pyramid.
A beautiful sculpture in the temperate pyramid.

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.

I am sitting beside the Muttart's 40th anniversary floral 'cake.
I am sitting beside the Muttart’s 40th anniversary floral ‘cake’.
My daughter Mary posing with some statues that were part of the Chinese New Year's display.
My daughter Mary posing with some statues that were part of the Chinese New Year’s display.
Nessie made an appearance in one of their special displays.
Nessie made an appearance in one of their special displays.
These sunflowers are sure to make you smile!
These sunflowers are sure to make you smile!

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.

The Muttart's outdoor gardens are a great place for kids to play, to have a picnic or to take photos.
The Muttart’s outdoor gardens are a great place for children to play, to have a picnic or to take photos.
One of the Muttart's outdoor flowerbeds.
One of the Muttart’s outdoor flowerbeds.

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.