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  • Two Roads

Paradise Gardens: the world's most beautiful Islamic gardens

Monty Don, Derry Moore

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Islamic countries, Gardening, Landscape gardening

An exploration of the beauty of Islamic gardens around the world with text by Monty Don stunningly illustrated with photographs by Derry Moore. A complement to the BBC TV series in 2018.

A journey through some of the world's most stunning gardens from Spain and Morocco to Turkey and India.

In the Islamic tradition, a garden is a shaded place for rest and reflection and gardens play a central role in everyday life in the Islamic world. Monty Don and acclaimed photographer, Derry Moore, set off on a journey to find out how a very different culture and climate has influenced garden design. Their journey starts in the historical and stunning gardens of Andalucia before heading east to the beating heart of Islam: Turkey, Iran and India. Monty will discover and learn about the four areas of Islamic civilisation; Andalucian, Moghul, Persian and Ottoman, by visiting gardens that represent and symbolise each.

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Monty Don

Sarah Don is a designer and worked with her husband, Monty, to set up their successful jewellery company 'Monty Don'. Since moving to Herefordshire, she has combined bringing up three children with training as an architect. She has created more than four gardens with Monty and is currently involved in setting up and running an organic farm.

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