Paradise Gardens: the world's most beautiful Islamic gardens

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John Murray Press, Mar 22, 2018 - Gardening - 224 pages

'Lavish ... a celebration of the history and enduring romance of Islamic gardens' Washington Post

As seen on the highly acclaimed BBC2 series Monty Don's Paradise Gardens, a glorious celebration of the richness of Islamic culture through some of the most beautiful gardens on earth.


In the Islamic tradition, a garden with its central elements of water, the scent of fruit trees, and places for rest and reflection, celebrate heaven on earth. Paradise gardens play a central role in everyday life in the Islamic world, yet little is known about them. Monty Don and acclaimed photographer, Derry Moore, set off on a journey to find out more about the principles and immersive delights of paradise gardens and how a very different culture and climate has influenced garden design round the world.

Their journey covers twenty-nine gardens from the Real Alcazar and the Alhambra in Spain, and Le Jardin Majorelle in Morocco, to Highgrove and a Mughal garden in Bradford in England. There are some spectacular and rarely seen examples such as Pasargadae and the Maidan in Isfahan, Iran, the birthplace of paradise gardens, as well as the more renowned examples such as Turkey's Topkapi Palace and the Amber Palace and Taj Mahal in India.

'A garden, green and filled with water is heaven on earth - it is paradise.' Monty Don

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'A fabulous, bonsai-filled book' Daily Mail

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About the author (2018)

MONTY DON is the presenter of the phenomenally popular BBC programme, Gardeners' World, he lives in Herefordshire and his most recent book has been the Sunday Times bestseller, Nigel: my family and other dogs.
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www.montydon.com

DERRY MOORE is an acclaimed photographer whose books include Horses, The English Room, Great Gardens of Italy and In The Shadow of the Raj

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