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This summer our gardens got a little wilder with the introduction of WildScapes!

But this one-of-a-kind attraction won't be here for much longer.

The Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo has been taken over by 10 larger-than-life animal sculptures...but not for long! Don't miss your chance to experience this summer garden experience that can’t be found anywhere else in Alberta. It’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate the warm weather and create new memories with friends and family at the zoo before winter approaches!

Our zoo gardens are home to 10 larger-than-life topiary-like sculptures or 'WildScapes', masterfully crafted into the shape of some of the world’s most stunning creatures. From a 24 foot-long snake to a 21 foot-tall giraffe, you’ll find yourself in awe of the size and artistry of the WildScapes. This unique garden experience is the ultimate summer activity, making a perfect family day out and a striking backdrop for photos! 

You can visit WildScapes from June 17 through to September 24 free with your daily admission ticket.

What is a 'WildScape'? 

Similar to an animal topiary, these large living sculptures have been hand-crafted into the form of different animals using plants. Unlike a traditional topiary, our WildScapes are colourful, intricate, living sculptures made from a mosaic of different flowers, succulents, and other materials. Our WildScapes will range from human-height (perfect for selfies!) to colossal-sized (perfect for walking through and admiring from below!). Don't take our word for it, check out WildScapes for yourself.

We're so excited about WildScapes, we wet our plants! Get your cameras ready, you won't want to miss out on this limited-time attraction.

WildScapes Map


When: June 17 – September 24, 2023

Location: 10 outdoor locations throughout the zoo including Dorothy Harvie Gardens, Asia Lawn, and Grassy Knoll

Time: During regular operating hours

Ticket Price: Included with day admission tickets and memberships

Purchase Day Admission Tickets

Polar Bear WildScape








To celebrate WildScapes, we're hosting a range of bespoke events! Check them out here.

WildScapes Gardener's Tours (18+) - Discover the secrets of successful gardening in Calgary's unique climate zones during an exciting one-hour journey.

High Tea (Family friendly) - Decadent treats and tea for the whole family. 

Garden Noir (18+) - An evening of elegance, whiskey, bubbles and botanicals.