Islamic Gardens- Gardens of Paradise


Instructor: Mickey Lollar

Saturday, June 2 | 2-3:30 p.m.

Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Members $12 | Non-members $15

In the Quran, the central religious text of Islam, Paradise is a place of flowing waters and cool, shady gardens- a stark contrast to the harsh desert climate in which Islam arose. Stretching from the depths of Moghul India to southern Spain, the Islamic world offered ornamental gardening a distinct sense of geometry and order, in addition to soothing watercourses and shaded areas perfumed with strongly scented flowers- a “dark green and luxuriant garden with a river running through it, planted with fruit trees, pomegranates, and palms.” Family Focus: Fuchsia, Oleander, Plumeria, Periwinkle, Orchid

Mr. Mickey J. Lollar, B.S.Ed., M.A. is a certified teacher, writer, international lecturer, and extensive traveler. Mickey’s graduate studies focus on Cultural Resource Management (including Historical Landscaping) and Archaeology, with thesis research on Cultural Ethnobotany. In addition, being the son of the instructor of “Floral Design” at the University of North Alabama, graduating with a Floral Design Specialist certificate, and being a student of the Alabama Master Gardeners curriculum, Mickey has a well- established history in the botanical and landscaping industries.