Aga Khan Garden History and Design

Aga Khan Garden, Alberta Officially Inaugurated

Contemporary interpretation of Islamic landscape architecture is northernmost in the world

Alberta Lt.-Gov Lois Mitchell, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and His Highness the Aga Khan officially inaugurated the Aga Khan Garden, Alberta on Oct. 16, 2018.

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Architect's Preview Video Tour

View the landscape architect's preview video of the new Aga Khan Garden. It begins with secluded forest paths and opens to wide, stepped terraces that adapt with the seasons. Geometric water features stream into wetlands and a spectacular orchard.

Designing the Garden

In this series of videos below, learn more from the landscape architect about the details of the garden.

Overview Video

The traditions of the Islamic landscape are remarkably diverse but have common elements. The new Aga Khan Garden incorporates some of those basic common elements, adapted for the four seasons of Alberta. The result is a truly unique, beautiful and meaningful space.

Educational Programming

This garden will significantly add to the curated collections, educational programming, research and conservation efforts of the UAlberta Botanic Garden.

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A Garden for All Seasons

The landscape architect discusses how local plants featured in the garden respond to the seasonal changes and the paths are highlighted against the woods.

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Importance of Geometry

The geometric structure of this garden acts as a framework for the local wetlands and honours the ridges of sand dunes that were once an ancient glacial lake.

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Natural Performance Space

A natural opening in the woods provides an opportunity for a special learning and entertainment space in the Aga Khan Garden.

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A Gift of Connection and Transformation

The Aga Khan Garden, Alberta is a symbol of the ongoing partnership between the University of Alberta and the Aga Khan Development Network—a collaboration that has fostered intellectual, cultural and education exchange for over a decade. The University of Alberta is grateful to His Highness the Aga Khan for a gift in excess of $25 million that has made this spectacular new garden possible.

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