Although traditional bonsai tend to be evergreen plants, here at the Muttart we have delicately pruned these trees into unique shapes. Some people say you can start trimming a bonsai tree after 5 years and it won't be in presentable condition until it is 10 to 15 years old. Some bonsai can even live to be over 100! Luckily our Seijo Elm (Ulmus parifolia) and Benjamin Fig Tree (Ficus benjamina) grow a little bit faster.
We released some ladybugs in the Feature Pyramid today as part of our integrated pest management activities at the conservatory. Looks like they're settling in nicely on some of the orchids!
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Thanks Edmonton Tourism for including our new adult nights in your winter date night guide! If you haven't checked it out yet, be sure to visit us on Wednesdays from 5-9pm for our 18+ nights!
Come down to the Muttart Conservatory for a late but still extra special Valentine's Day celebration! In our pyramids love blossoms almost as often as our plants do! Have a dinner date at Culina before coming in and experiencing some romantic activities. We'll be making Corsages and Hot Chocolate, listening to live music, and exploring the Pyramids under the stars.
Regular admission to attend!
Here is a sneak peek of one of many beautiful orchids that can be spotted in our new feature pyramid, 'From Asia with Love'. Our special collection of orchids isn't just found in our Feature pyramid, so next time you visit try and spot where our orchids live in our Temperate and Tropical pyramids too!
For more information about our orchid collection, you can check out the link below:
What better way to celebrate the year of the Dog than a visit to the Muttart! Take in the sights of our new Feature Pyramid 'From Asia with Love' while enjoying our warm hospitality. Try your hand at planting and taking part in some amazing cultural activities. This year we've again partnered with the Edmonton Chinese Bilingual Education Association! Dancing will take place in Center Court (times will be updated soon!), so don't miss out on this amazing experience!
NOTE: Due to construction, we will not have a fireworks show this year. However, as an alternative we are offering free Bannock cooking and Free Horse Drawn Wagon rides during the event! Check out edmonton.ca/muttart for more info! Regular admission to attend.
Happy Ukrainian New Year! Come join us at Culina for a Ukrainian Pop Up Dinner at the Muttart this Thursday evening! While reservations are not required they are recommended, check out the link below for contact info!
Staghorn ferns (Platycerium bifurcatums) are epiphytic plants, meaning they grow on another plant. Although this may seem strange it provides the plant with many benefits such as being closer to light and being out of reach of some predators. Straghorns are often found in humid environments where they can get all the water they need from the air around them, thus allowing them not to need a terrestrial root system. Can you think of any other epiphytic plants?
Check out this great opportunity to engage on a new public art project set for the Valley Line LRT stop at Muttart Conservatory! The January 20th event will run 2-4pm.
Space is limited and filling up fast; please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org, if interested!
Opuntia is a genus of cactus that has plenty of culinary uses. Not only can the fruit of the cactus be eaten (as long as the spines are sanded off first!), but the cochineal insect, which eats Opuntia sap, can be turned into a red food dye. The Opuntia cactus is also on the coat of arms of Mexico.
Dino Plants -- Ages 3-5
Thursday, January 11
10:15am - Noon
Take a step back in time and search for dino-sized plants on your journey through the pyramids. We'll touch trees dinosaurs ate for dinner and even make our own leaf fossils to take home! You'll top off this program by planting a dino-riffic plant to care for yourself....
For more information & to register:
(click on "Dino Plants")
OR call 311
OR visit a cashier at any City of Edmonton rec centre or attraction
Course Code: 619476
The artillery plant, or Pilea microphylla, is a member of the Urticaceae or nettle family. It gets its interesting name from the way it disperses pollen; its tiny, green male flowers explode when dry to scatter pollen in the air. It is also commonly grown as ground cover in many areas.
Our jade plant (Crassula ovata) is blooming! Jade plants are known for their deep, jade colored leaves and beautiful white or pink flowers. They are also a very common house plant because they are quite happy indoors and require very little water. Come see our jade plant's flowers in the arid pyramid.
Wow! Check out this plant! This is a nearly spineless cactus called Bishop's Cap. The scientific name astrophytum is Greek for star plant. Each plant can have 3-7 star like projections (vertical ribs). Come give this plant a visit, it can be found in the Muttart's Arid Pyramid.