Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Amazingly Beautiful Gardens in Arid Areas of the World

All the gardens that were included on the list are located in hot and arid parts of the world. Yes, large gardens do exist in desert areas even though water supply is very limited. Here are some of the most beautiful and captivating gardens in arid areas of the planet and in other areas.

Shalimar Gardens

The Shalimar Gardens are beautiful Persian garden located in Lahore, Pakistan. It was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and was completed in 1642. The Shalimar Gardens are laid out in the form of an oblong parallelogram, surrounded by a high brick wall, which is famous for its intricate fretwork. This garden was made on the concept of Char Bagh. This UNESCO World Heritage Site measure 658 meters by 258 meters and contains 410 fountains.

Paradise Garden

The Paradise Garden on the above photo is the Garden of the Taj Mahal.  It incorporates water, pathways and a strong geometric design typical of a paradise garden.

Menara Gardens

The Menara Gardens are gardens located to the west of Marrakech, Morocco, at the gates of the well-known Atlas Mountains. These beautiful gardens were built in the 1130. Its pavilion and artificial lake are surrounded by orchards and olive groves. The lake is supplied with water through an old hydraulic system which conveys water from the mountains located 30 km approximately away from Marrakech.

Majorelle Garden

The Majorelle Garden is a captivating botanical garden located also in Marrakech, Morocco. This garden has been open to the public since 1947. The garden also houses the Islamic Art Museum of Marrakech, whose collection includes North African textiles from Saint-Laurent's (former owner of the garden) personal collection as well as ceramics, jewelry, and paintings by Majorelle – the designer of the garden to whom it was named. The garden hosts more than 15 bird species, which can be found only in the area of North Africa.

Agdal Gardens

The Agdal Gardens are gardens, of about 400 hectares or 4.0 km2 located in Morocco. The gardens contain groves of apricot, fig, lemon, orange and pomegranate trees in rectangular plots, linked by olive-lined walkways. The name f this UNESCO World Heritage Site means “walled meadow”.

Al- Azhar Park

Al-Azhar Park is a public park located in Cairo, the capital of Egypt. This amazing park in the midst of a barren area is listed as one of the world’s sixty great public spaces by the Project for Public Spaces or PPS. It was opened to the public in 2005. The gardens of Al-Azhar are reminiscent of historical Islamic gardens, with a blend of modern and traditional elements. The central terraced formal gardens, emphatic use of fountains, Mamluk multicolored stonework, sunken gardens, intersecting waterways and bold Islamic geometry are all integrated into a contemporary site design; cafes are situated at the entrance, playgrounds and scenic overlooks are arranged along curving paths. The site is supported by a reservoir constructed for the project.

Char Bagh Garden

Char Bagh or Four Gardens is a Persian-style garden with quadrilateral layout and was the first of its kind in the South Asia region in such a scale. This beautiful garden is part of Humayun’s Tomb in India.

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