Part of REEP's wider Anglo Moroccan Garden Project the garden is a sister garden to the REEP Anglo Moroccan Shakespeare Garden at Cadi Ayyad University which was created as part of the 2014 Shore to Shore Project. Over the coming years REEP plans to create further Anglo-Moroccan Gardens in Morocco and in Britain.
The Anglo Moroccan Garden Project is designed to be something anyone can embrace. A simple universal form can be planted with whatever suits the immediate environment for the best chance of flourishing. The garden can tell a story – perhaps historical, like this one, or about horticultural traditions in the area, or some other narrative like a Paradise garden. It can show links with a similar climate in another country. It can be based on the traditions of a particular faith and relate to local styles, buildings, or landscape, using local materials and crafts such as metalwork, woodwork and mosaic. It can easily be made bigger or smaller. It can simply be made one’s own.
On 29-30 March 2015 the Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences at Sultan Moulay Slimane University held an international conference on Shakespeare. Diana, Rhiannon and regular Shore to Shore actress, Sarah Finch were invited to present papers on the role of Shakespeare in REEP’s Shore to Shore and Anglo-Moroccan Garden Projects.
REEP created three major gardens in Morocco as part of the 2014 Shore to Shore Project. The first - an Anglo Moroccan Shakespeare Garden for the Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences, Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech - was also part of REEP's wider Anglo Moroccan Garden Project. The creation of the Anglo-Moroccan Shakespeare Garden took place over a three week period in the run up the 2014 Shore to Shore Festival, which took place Essaouira and Marrakech in late March and early April.
A number of Moroccan craftsmen and labourers were involved in the creation of the gardens, as well as many British and Moroccan volunteers. The Martin McLaren Memorial Trust gave a bursary for Deanne Lewis, a young National Trust gardener from Montacute Garden, to take part. Deanne was chosen with the kind help of Mike Calnan, Head of Parks and Gardens at the Trust.Click on the tabs below for more information about the garden.
It’s easy to forget that there’s not much new under the sun. This section looks at some of the ways that gardening in Britain and Morocco has developed over the centuries. And as we are starting a three-way scholarship, we’ve included something about Spain too...
Agriculture and horticulture are at the heart of both the Moroccan and British cultures. These traditions are important to the future of young people in both countries and provide a host of opportunities for learning from each other, especially in an age of climate change and international unrest.
Look here for some examples of gardening and plants that work in Britain and Morocco and for more about the climates and conditions they grow in.