The Muttart Conservatory remains closed in compliance with the current provincial public health orders. We look forward to welcoming visitors back when it is deemed safe to do so, and we are excited to show off improvements that have been made to the facility over the past 18 months. The Muttart has been identified in Step 3 of the Province’s relaunch plan. We are caring for the plants and preparing for when we are able to reopen.
- Mediterranean forests
- Woodlands and scrub
- Deserts, hot and cold
In the Pyramid
The Arid Pyramid is 4200 square feet in size, standing 59 feet high. Specimens in this pyramid represent cacti and succulents, generally from locations that receive less than 25cm of precipitation per year.
The plants here come to us from hot and cold dry areas of the world, spanning five continents. They share an ability to thrive in environments with dry air, irregular moisture and wide day/night temperature fluctuations.
To survive these harsh environments, plants are slow-growing with long life spans that have evolved into unusual shapes and forms. Often, these plants are of economic importance in otherwise non-arable lands.