Marveling at the Muttart
By Paula Kirman
The Muttart Conservatory has always been one of my favourite attractions in Edmonton. No matter what the season, you can enjoy the flora and fauna of different countries and climates. I was thrilled to visit the Muttart again after it was renovated. The facelift to the front of the building and extensive landscaping on the outside only enhances the mystique of the Muttart.
One of my best Muttart memories actually took place a few feet away from the mighty pyramids. I was in high school and photographing the downtown skyline that could be seen from the top of one of the hills leading to the entrance. From black and white film I developed myself, this photo of the row of buildings with small trees in the foreground now hangs on my bedroom wall. It was chosen as part of an exhibit at the Alberta Art Gallery when Edmonton was celebrating 100 years.
On my recent return visit I stood in that same spot where I took that picture nearly 20 years before. The trees had grown some, blocking much of the view. Like those trees, the city has grown as well, and so have I.