We heard that the U of A Botanical Gardens had a spectacular event. So we spent the ‘big bucks’ and finally headed over to this held over event.
Although I’m pleased to show you the few photos I captured of the walk through, I have to say it was a very ‘underwhelming’ experience.
The walkways were nicely cleared so that I felt safe to walk up and down and through the different gardens. It was a very cold night but I wore my warmest layers and was so looking forward to all the singers and displays that I had heard about.
And perhaps at Christmas there are more things to look at and listen to…
But I think the (formerly known as) Devonian Garden Group could have done SO much more with their light show. There were two ‘Costco’ type light up deer out in the Aga Khan section and a couple shapes (up above) that looked like snowflake dice. When I think of the space that was available for decorating I found it quite disappointing. It could have been so much more magical if it had had tons of things to look at instead of only a couple in acres of land.
There are trees everywhere but only a few of them were lit up. I could imagine how spectacular it would have looked if more trees were wound round with lights like the few trees before you even enter the gate!
Ah well. We had a nice walk about, enjoyed the clear, starry night, and each other’s company too. We carried hot apple cider in our mugs, and tried to avoid the hoards of people that descended on the place like us. (To be fair, they did have quite a few fire pits and offered hot apple cider at a couple of them.)
I can’t highly recommend this winter experience but I CAN highly recommend the Botanical Gardens in the summer. Now THAT is a sight to behold and really worth the walk around.