American Public Gardens Association Conference 2018

Southern California

June 4-8, 2018

Creation of a Contemporary Islamic Garden in Alberta, Canada: A Case Study
Event Type: 
The Living Landscape
Date / Time: 
Wed June, 06 - 1:45pm to 2:45pm
Magic Kingdom Ballroom 2
R. Swanson, University Of Alberta Botanic Garden, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; T. Woltz, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, New York, New York

What happens when a Canadian botanic garden receives a $25 million gift from His Highness the Aga Khan? Conceived as a collaboration between the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, University of Alberta, and Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, the resulting design transplants elements of historic Islamic garden design into a Zone 3 climate. The 11.8 acre Aga Khan Garden Alberta (AKGA) will also feature a wetland reclamation area with plants that can be studied and used in landscapes affected by the oil sands industry. This case study will provide insight into a process resulting in a contemporary garden that responds to the social and environmental needs of the community.


This session is approved for 1 LACES credit hour.