A decade ago, plans for construction of the world’s northernmost Islamic garden located southwest of Edmonton seemed an unlikely dream, the Aga Khan told a crowd that gathered Tuesday to celebrate the opening of a $25-million garden he gifted to the University of Alberta.
The Aga Khan Garden, named for the 49th hereditary Imam of the world’s Shia Ismaili Muslims, sprawls over 4.8 hectares — about the size of 31 NHL hockey rinks, and is set amidst the larger University of Alberta Botanic Garden, located about 15 minutes southwest of the city.
“Down through many centuries, Islamic culture has continued to see the garden as a very special place, where the human meets further proof of the divine,” the Aga Khan said, speaking at a private inauguration ceremony for the garden Tuesday.
The Aga Khan spoke about the garden as a place not only for meditation and renewal, but also a social space “for learning, for sharing, for romance, for diplomacy, and for reflection on the destiny of the human race.”
More at the source: PAIGE PARSONS – Edmonton Journal – October 16, 2018 – Photo: Dave Breakenridge