The Middle Ages was a time in which people were closely tied to plants and their environment, deeply aware of their potential as a source of food, healing and beauty. Islamic gardens were especially known for their creativity and innovation. This week, Danièle speaks with D. Fairchild Ruggles about their cultural significance and the ingenious ways they were cultivated.
D. Fairchild Ruggles is a historian of Islamic art and architecture, and a professor at the University of Illinois’ Department of Landscape Architecture. You can learn more about her on her Wikipedia page or university profile. Her book, Islamic Gardens and Landscapes, is now out as a paperback from the University of Pennsylvania Press.
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Top Image: Sa’di in a Rose garden, from a 17th-century manuscript of the Gulistan – Wikimedia Commons