The Gardens Trust Online Talk: Gardens Beneath Which Rivers Flow: the Persian garden then and now

Date: Tuesday 22 February 2022

Tuesday 22nd February 2022 from 10am until 11.30am GMTGardens Beneath Which Rivers Flow: the Persian garden then and now

The Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh, written more than four thousand years ago, describes the dwelling place of the gods as an ‘immortal garden’, in which ‘a tree stands (beside) a sacred fountain’. Here, in one of the oldest surviving human texts, we have the essence of the Persian garden: water and shade. Early on the Persians developed a system of underground channels to transport water from mountain aquifers into the arid plain. Walls, to protect from desert winds, created a sanctuary, while the characteristic four-part division was established by bisecting irrigation channels. As subsequent rulers recognised that the ability to make things grow conferred on them a god-like status, they embellished their gardens with sensuous fruit, beautiful flowers, exotic trees and elegant palace-pavilions. From Cyrus the Great’s legendary Pasargadae through Shah Abbas’ modest mountain refuge Bagh e Fin to the miraculous oasis of Shiraz, we will explore the legacy of Persian gardens in modern-day Iran, and beyond in the works of such international designers as Gabriel Guvrekian, Norah Lindsay, Marilyn Abbott and Vladimir Djurovic.

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