From Morocco to Iran, Egypt to the UAE, the plants featured in the current issue of Brownbook provide an in depth reminder of the agricultural fabric of the Middle East. More than just palm trees (though we include those too), the region’s cultural and historical interaction with the plant world is rich and rooted in its ancient civilisations.
And while there are a number of us who might have forgotten the emotional warmth provided by an evergreen, many across the region, from gardeners to botanists, continue to work on preserving the natural world. Talhouk is just one of thousands who dedicate their lives to restoring the beauty of the region’s extensive, green landscape. From prickly cacti that sprout into dozens of round limbs to the sweetly scented jasmine flower, countries across the Middle East and North Africa illustrate great agricultural variation.
208 pgs, 26 × 21 cm, Softback, 2015, 1994-9642