You might come for the animals, but you could find yourself spending more time than you bargained for admiring our botanical side. Wander along lush pathways, to explore a living library of trees and plants – including a few that might surprise you. Kiwi fruit in Alberta? You bet! All paths lead to the ENMAX Conservatory where you’ll find a steamy butterfly garden and jungle atmosphere – complete with banana trees and pineapple plants. 

Habitat Gardening

The Calgary Zoo’s animal habitats are carefully choreographed to create healthy homes for the zoo’s animals. If you think about it, the whole zoo is really a garden. Our habitat gardeners carefully select and place plants that provide shelter, comfort, food and fun for our animals.

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Exhibit Details

Hours of Operation

ENMAX Conservatory opens daily at 9 a.m., with last entrance at 5:30 p.m.

Come see the butterflies from late spring until the fall. Throughout the year various displays are available for viewing in the conservatory and gardens.

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Things To See

Trees & Plants

  • Chinook Hardy Tree Collection
  • Viburnum Collection
  • Spirea Collection
  • Lilac Collection
  • Hardy Rose Collection
  • Ninebark Collection
  • Dwarf Conifer Collection
  • Peony Collection
  • Ornamental Grass Collection
  • Delphinium Collection
  • Iris Collection
  • Daylily Collection
  • Alberta Bred Lilies
  • Garden of Eatin’
  • Herbaceous Perennial Border
  • Water Conservation Garden

Other Animals

  • Blue Peafowl
  • Murray River Turtle

Glorious Gardens

The colours, scents and textures you’ll find throughout the six acres of the Dorothy Harvie Gardens make it a great place to stop for a rest or a picnic lunch. Sit in the shade of the gazebo or settle down on the grass and watch peacocks strut their stuff.

Butterflies and the Garden Gallery

From spring to fall, hundreds of butterflies transform the Garden Gallery into a kaleidoscope of fluttering wings. Stop by and feel the thrill of having a butterfly land on your shoulder, or on your neighbour’s hat. And check out the pupae hanging in the glass incubation case – you might just see a butterfly magically emerge from its chrysalis.

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Garden of Life and Alternative Energy Showcase

Enjoy the ENMAX Conservatory’s lush, tropical oasis while you take a closer look at how people and plants are connected – from the air we breathe to the food we eat and the roofs over our heads. You’ll also discover ways to reduce your environmental footprint with interactive displays featuring alternative energy technologies you can use in your own home.


Master Gardener Course

We are excited to share that the Calgary Horticultural Society will be delivering

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Ready to take a stroll through our gardens?

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