Paula Simons: ‘No person leaves unchanged’: New Aga Khan Garden a gift of paradise

Paula Simons: 'No person leaves unchanged': New Aga Khan Garden a gift of paradiseUniversity of Alberta’s new Aga Khan garden is a gift for the ages

Paula Simons for Edmonton Journal

“This is a timeless, multi-multi-multi-generational garden. Our great-great-great-grandchildren will be enjoying this garden.”

Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it. Rumi, 13th century Persian poet.

On a sunny Wednesday morning, Lee Foote, director of the University of Alberta Botanic Garden, is leading a tour of the Aga Khan Garden.

We walk along a raised path, winding through the spruce and jackpine and aspen wilderness to a long black granite reflecting pool which mirrors the sky and the trees above. Once, Foote jokes, this was a bog. Now, it’s been transformed into a woodland bagh — the Persian word for garden.

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  1. Beautiful article, Beautiful Rumi poem! One cannot mistake the author’s excitement and awe as she wades through the garden, a physical metaphor of an Arabic Quranic verse(Ayat) mentioned over thirty times in the Noble Quran and reflecting the paradise of heaven: “…….gardens under which rivers flow…..”

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