University of Alberta Devonian Gardens incorporating new and innovative attractions, is about to be put on the worldwide map. An Islamic garden, the first of its kind, is now in the design and planning stages. The garden was a multi-million-dollar gift from his Highness Aga Khan, the global leader of the Ismaili Muslim community. To date Khan has planted similar types of gardens, symbolizing peace and harmony all over the world.
Parkland County Div. 5 Coun. Denise Locher recently attended an information workshop in which organizers were seeking input regarding the gardens design.
In the session Locher learned that gardens are not associated with religion in Islam.
“Historically gardens were not religious places and it’s not integral to the mass design,” said Locher. “It would be like asking what is a democratic garden? I thought it was excellent, their concept is great. They’re looking to keep it non-religious, multi-cultural and as a safe place, for people to go and experience nature.”