Afghans have long had a deep love for trees, plants and flowers and they express this every summer through the work they do in their gardens. We are all familiar with the picture of the Afghan man with his large beard and Kalashnikov rifle – now meet the men with secateurs and watering cans.
Gardening is in their blood and it has been forever. You can see this in Babur’s Garden, which was laid out in the early 16th Century by the man who established the Mughal dynasty in India. Largely destroyed during the civil war of the 1990s, the garden is once more a notable feature of the city, its largest public space.
The Aga Khan Trust for Culture led the reutilisation of the historic Bagh-e-Babur garden as a major public open space and also rehabilitated neighbourhood residential dwellings and public sanitation facilities in Afghanistan.
Major UNESCO publication (highlights AKTC’s works) launched at the Babur Gardens by UNESCO Director General & Afghan Chief Executive Dr Abdullah Abdullah