The Diwan

The elegant structure overlooks the magnificent Aga Khan Garden and is the newest indoor addition to a roster of exceptional rental facilities at the University of Alberta Botanic Garden.

The Diwan

The award-winning two-storey facility reflects a rich heritage of Islamic design and architecture, with space for cultural programming such as concerts, lectures, retreats, exhibits and community events. Illuminated with a lantern-like light in the evenings, it features a rooftop terrace affording panoramic views of the surrounding gardens.

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2023 Garden Tourism Award Winner, 2023 Garden Tourism Award Canadian Garden Event of the Year Winner, 2023 Garden Tourism Award Canadian Garden Achievement of the Year Winner

This one-of-kind venue with spectacular views is also available for private function rentals for groups of up to 160 (banquet seating) and 220 (theatre-style).

Ideal for wedding ceremonies, receptions, personal celebrations, conferences, retreats, galas and more.

Your Diwan Rental includes:

  • Admission to the Garden and free parking for all your guests
  • Signage and staff to direct guests to your function
  • Round tables
  • Rectangular banquet tables
  • Choice of Diwan-exclusive chairs or folding chairs
  • Tables and chairs set up by Garden staff
  • Sound system to amplify music from your device — comes with a wireless lapel or hand-held mic
  • Patio heaters in the event of cool weather on the Terrace
  • Power outlets and spot lighting
  • Shuttle service for guests with mobility limitations