“The many great gardens of the world… all make the point as clear as possible: The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden.” –Thomas Moore (1478-1535)
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About Us

The Botanical Gardens of Silver Springs, Calgary, Alberta is indeed a ‘hidden gem’ – a one-of-a kind very unique garden!

It is open to the public year round from dawn to dusk and is situated within a Birthplace Forest covering several acres of land. Within this area there are over fourteen individual gardens each displaying unique features and all identified with a hand-painted garden sign. These garden areas are all accessible by connecting walking paths of mulch leading throughout the entire area. Along these pathways leading to the various gardens are beautiful flowering shrubs, fruit trees and also a large variety of other featured shrubs and trees.

 

Main Garden Areas

Oval Garden, Sunflower Garden, Border Garden, Half Moon Garden, Wall Garden, Swan Garden, Eagle Garden, Owl Garden, Lo H20, Alpine Crevice and Native Plant Gardens, Old Post Garden, and the Shade Garden.

 

Featured Specialty Gardens and Areas

Shakespeare and Herb Garden, Crevice Rock and Alpine Garden, the Labyrinth, Rose Bowl, Edible Fruit Tree Grove, and the Oak Grove Picnic area.

 

This garden project began over ten years ago now and is designed, developed, maintained and managed entirely by a volunteer group. As a not-for-profit Charitable Society, the Gardens have been developed from the onset with the continued support from the City of Calgary Parks Department and the Silver Springs Community Association. It is through donations from individuals, corporations, and provincial grants that it continues to thrive and has become a focal point of our Community and indeed within the City of Calgary and beyond.

 

Walking Tour brochures and donation boxes are conveniently located at both the Labyrinth and the Shakespeare Garden areas.

Mission

To create a welcoming park and beautiful gardens that are open for all to enjoy and learn through:

  • Emphasis on species that will succeed -  Local, variety and specialized gardens

  • Creating and inspiring a natural learning environment; sharing what we know

  • Supporting activities that support the vision

  • Inclusiveness – Accessibility for all ages and disabilities

  • Engagement, partnerships and volunteerism

  • Stewardship

Vision

A destination park and botanical gardens featuring plants that grow in our unique climate.​

Low H2O Garden 2019

Since the Gardens and BirthPlace Forest areas are located in a City of Calgary park, they are open to the general public just like all other city parks. 

There is no admission fee but we do appreciate your support through donations and letters of appreciation. 

We do not take bookings for special events. If you would like to make a booking, you can do so through the City Parks Department.