the world's most beautiful Islamic gardens
By Monty Don and Derry Moore
An exploration of the beauty of Islamic paradise gardens around the world with text by Monty Don stunningly illustrated with photographs by Derry Moore. A complement to the BBC2 TV series, Monty Don's Paradise Gardens.
As seen on the highly acclaimed BBC2 series Monty Don's Paradise Gardens, a full colour exploration of the astonishing beauty of twenty-nine Islamic paradise gardens from Iran, Turkey, India, England, Spain and Morocco.
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 glorious celebration of the richness of Islamic culture through some of the most beautiful gardens on earth.
'A garden, green and filled with water is heaven on earth - it is paradise.' Monty Don
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.
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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22 Mar 2018
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The discoveries he makes and documents in this book are simply breathtaking — Love it!
It's sun-filled escapism, gloriously illustrated with photography by Derry Moore, capturing the legacy, the beauty, the shadows, the shimmering heat and the continued human enjoyment of such places — Country Life
Evocative — Gardens Illustrated
Don feels that understanding these paradise gardens has made him a better gardener, and possibly a better person. One could not wish for a better guide to them. He has great powers of description — World of Interiors
Don's precision of thought and gentlemanly infectious enthusiasm shines throughout this book — Hortus