the world’s most beautiful Islamic gardens


Paradise Gardens
Paradise Gardens
is a journey through the most beautiful Islamic gardens from Spain, Morocco, Turkey, the UK, India and Iran. An exploration of the beauty of paradise gardens – heaven on earth –  written by Monty Don and illustrated by acclaimed photographer Derry Moore.

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

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, Le Jardin Marjorelle in Morocco, to Highgrove and a Mughal garden in Bradford in England. Turkey’s Topkapi Palace, the Amber Fort and the Taj Mahal in India lead on to the birthplace of paradise gardens in Iran with some spectacular and rarely seen examples such as Pasargadae and the Maidan in Isfahan.

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.’

A complement to the highly acclaimed BBC2 series, Monty Don’s Paradise Gardens – watch here

Monty Don & Derry MooreMONTY 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 |@TheMontyDon

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

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