Look for the blooming of the University of Alberta Devonian Gardens into a major regional attraction. Not that it isn’t already, but given its low profile, most of you likely have not visited the beautiful gardens, north of Devon, on Hwy. 60.
Putting the gardens on the map will be the regal and majestic Aga Khan Islamic- style garden. Now in its design stages, the garden was a multi-million-dollar gift from the Aga Khan, the global leader of the Ismaili Muslim community. It was announced when the Aga Khan received an honorary degree from the U of A in 2009.
There are several other botanical projects in the works, giving the visitor much more to do and see.
The gardens’ administrative setup is being restructured, to be less of a University of Alberta appendage and more of an independent body, with its own board of governors. Hence the new emphasis on the gardens as a tourist attraction.