Two walks downtown, two contrasting gardens – each one remarkable in its own way. I have no preference. Every garden has its points of interest, “wow” factor(s) and features that provoke an “I don’t think I’d put that there!” reaction. Always food for thought – and ideas to take home.
The gardens of Manyal Palace (above left) on Rawdah Island form a park of rambling greenery. It’s a haven of peace among the manic traffic and pollution of a super-crowded corner of the city. By contrast, El-Andalus Garden (above right) near the Tahrir Bridge is neatly laid out with terracing, severely clipped trees, and architectural elements drawn from southern Spain. Read more