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Hanging Gardens of Babylon

 

The garden is a wonderful thing that you can own outside your home. And did you know that the most famous gardens are the Hanging Gardens of Babylon? They are one of the seven wonders of the world. They are believed to have been built around 575 BC. by King Nebuchadnezzar II, and another theory states that they were built by the Assyrian queen Semiramis. They are terraced and artificially irrigated gardens. According to legend, Nebuchadnezzar built them for his wife, the Persian princess Amitis, who is a native of the mountains. It is not known exactly where they were located, they are believed to have been found after archeological excavations in Nineveh, a city in northern Iraq, tablets depicting palm trees on the roofs of individual houses. This leads experts to suggest that the gardens were located in the ancient city of Babylon, used as a gathering place for most settlements in the East.

 

One of the largest orchards in Europe

 

It is located in Nigde, a city in central Turkey. It has about 1.5 million apple trees of 8 different varieties, and the distance from one end of the garden to the other is about 10 km. One hundred and eighty full-time gardeners take care of her. When it comes time to harvest, then they become more, reaching 750 people. All of them managed to collect nearly 20,000 tons of apples, which are then exported throughout Europe. This impressive production base was established in 1999, and the varieties grown there are: Gala, Golden Superb, Granny Smith, Fuji, Starking, Crimson Snow, Pink Lady, and others. The time for harvesting the finished products lasts from the first week of August to the first week of November, after which the apples are sold to large buyers in Ankara and Isparta, who in turn export the products to various European and Arab countries.

 

Keukenhof Garden

 

It is known as the “Garden of Europe” and is located in the southern Netherlands. The word ‘Keukenhof’ can be translated as ‘kitchen garden’. It got its name because of the herbs that were collected for the kitchen of the castle located there.The mayor of the town of Lisse, where the garden is located, organized the first Keukenhof show in 1949. The idea was to present a flower exhibition where growers from all over the country and even from all over Europe could show their hybrids to help the Dutch industry, known as the largest exporter of flowers in the world.