Eden Revisited: A Garden in Northern Morocco (Hardcover)

Eden Revisited: A Garden in Northern Morocco Cover Image
On Our Shelves Now
On hand as of Mar 7 3:40pm


A lovingly photographed tour of internationally renowned writer Umberto Pasti's famous hillside garden in Morocco.

Italian writer and horticulturist Umberto Pasti's passion for the wild flora of Tangier and its surrounding region led him to create his world-famous garden, Rohuna, where he has transplanted thousands of plants rescued from construction sites with the aid of men from the village.

Planted between two small houses is the Garden of Consolation: a series of rooms and terraces with lush vegetation, some rendering homage to the paintings of Henri Rousseau, others inspired by invented characters. Surrounding the Garden of Consolation are the Wild Garden and a hillside devoted to the wild flowering bulbs of northern Morocco, where indigenous species of narcissus, iris, crocus, scilla, gladiolus, and others bloom. With its stunning vistas and verdant fields, Rohuna is a garden of incomparable beauty with the mission to preserve the botanical richness of the region. Captured here in detail by celebrated photographer Ngoc Minh Ngo, the poetic beauty of this special and unique place is lovingly rendered for all the world to see and share.

About the Author

Ngoc Minh Ngo is a celebrated photographer and the author of two books. Ngoc's images have been published in publications such as T Magazine, Architectural Digest, Cabana, and House & Garden UK.
Umberto Pasti is a well-known Italian writer and horticulturalist.
Martina Mondadori Sartogo is the founder of Cabana magazine and is the European editor at large for Town & Country magazine.

Praise For…

"For 20 years, Italian writer and horticulturist Umberto Pasti has been rescuing plants...and transported them back to...Rohuna, a verdant haven where every corner tells a story... Photographer Ngoc Minh Ngo's portraits of the garden evoke its personality with kaleidoscopic vim." —Beatrice Hodgkin, Financial Times
"It is easy to slip into a dream-like state with this book, which provides a poetic portrait of Umberto Pasti's garden in Tangier. His dedication to preserving the region's plant species is inspiring, and Ngoc Minh Ngo's photographs will leave you longing for warmer climes." —Elizabeth Metcalf, House & Garden

"...barely an hour from Tangier's outer reaches, Berber women trot by on their mules, wrapped against the sun in red-and-white striped mendil cloths and shaded with vast straw hats. A shepherd wearing a rose-colored djellaba over his jeans scatters goats on the pitted, stony track that rises steeply...an Edenic landscape of plunging hills and valleys, ringing with goat bells and the distant crashing waves of the Atlantic... 'Every year we have two or three species that disappear.' [Umberto Pasti] explains of the flora lost to developments. An additional 180 or so are threatened – a sad fate for a landscape that once had one of the highest concentrations of flowers on the Mediterranean coast... Before an imposing new sports stadium was constructed over fields of native Iris tingitana, for example, Pasti and his team spent 'three winters in the mud' salvaging the bulbs that now blanket the hillside in a wash of Matisse blue every January and February...The gardens, which now showcase  some 800 species, are exquisitely revealed in a new book, Eden Revisited: A Garden in Northern Morocco, with photographs by Ngoc Minh Ngo...[who] traveled a dozen times to document the place through the seasons. 'I think Ngoc loves this garden as much as I do,' says Pasti." —Hamish Bowles, Vogue 

"Morocco has no shortage of great gardens...But...If you would rather immerse yourself in plantings that capture the mesmerizing, magical wildness of the North African soul and topography, you can do no better than to crack the binding of Eden Revisited: A Garden in Northern Morocco (Rizzoli), containing musings by Umberto Pasti and photos by Ngoc Minh Ngo. The book is a love letter to the property in Rohuna, a tiny village of 500 people on the coast between Tangier and Asilah...Ngo’s ravishing photography is clearly less concerned with documenting a landscape — although she accomplishes this admirably — than with taking the reader on a lyrical journey through mists, golden light, pools of cool shade and glaring sun so bright it blurs the contours of plants and flowers. Her eye is exquisitely attuned to surroundings and conditions that help illustrate not just what has been planted but how it feels to be in a place where numberless species thrive.
But this is also a garden book written by an accomplished storyteller...Pasti weaves a rich tapestry of myth and remembrance. He creates imaginary characters and fictional histories for the individual gardens, terraces and plants found in this eden...Pasti’s description...encapsulates the mystical quality suffusing the property as a whole, humming through it like the millions of creatures that crawl and slither under the earth." —Jorge Arango, 1stdibs

"Eden Revisited is a poetic and dazzling work. New York photographer Ngoc Minh Ngo takes pictures that make you feel you are in the garden, or that you might touch or smell a flower. The author's descriptions are magical and passionate... The Eden of Rohuna is something beyond fashion; of course it is ravishing, but more importantly, the place contains the seeds of ideas about garden making that matter more than any precept about taste or style." —The Telegraph

"Morocco is a country of delicious sights, from elaborately tiled walls to colorful goods sold in souks to lush gardens that defy the desert climate. Of that last category, one of the most dazzling is the world-famous Rohuna, cultivated by Italian writer and horticulturist Umberto Pasti in the countryside overlooking the Atlantic some 40 miles south of Tangier... The result is not only a snapshot of the diverse landscapes of Morocco, but also a glimpse into the mind of Pasti."

"In the redolent photographs of Ngoc Minh Ngo, you can feel the shimmering heat of the baking sun, smell the rich Gardenia thunbergia, become dizzy at the sprawl of red poppies. Those of us enduring frozen winters in the north crave just such magic." —Dominique Browning, New York Times Book Review
Product Details
ISBN: 9780847864805
ISBN-10: 0847864804
Publisher: Rizzoli
Publication Date: September 17th, 2019
Pages: 240
Language: English

How to read more

( Birmingham Museums Trust’s Digital Image Resource shares thousands of images that span decades of Birminghams vibrant past)

How To Read More

If you love reading, but for some reason you read less and less, know that everything is fine. It happens.
Our lives today have so many things that distract us - how can we not put books away when all these movies, TV shows, YouTube videos, social networks and endless surfing in online stores are around ...
Yes, it's really hard to resist, but you certainly can!

In this article, we want to share with you some tips to read more often and more successfully.
These are some notes and some practices that we have collected for our SUNDOG BOOKS readers club.
And maybe it will bring more books into your life!

Why do we want/need to read more?

To start reading more, you have to understand why you need it.
And you will be surprised, but your goals can be quite varied:

- for work
If you read a lot on duty, then you definitely need to speed up the process. The logic here is simple: read faster → work faster → more time for books for yourself.

- for education
you need this for your educational career or sometimes you just want to read to learn. And, with all the new alternative ways to gain knowledge (podcasts, online courses and videos), the book still does an excellent job of this task too.

- for self-development
all exercises for increasing speed, one way or another, improve cognition and memory.

- for fun
because good books always = fun!

Book lovers have an additional special goal for reading more often. If you love literature, you will understand what we mean: you want to catch everything - to follow modern literature, and not forget about the classics, look into non-fiction and children's publications. And there’s so much you want to reread! The goals are ambitious, but attainable if you read a lot.


And so - How to read more:
We will tell you about the methods that we use ourselves. Perhaps some will suit you as well.


15 minutes a day

You've probably already heard this rule: if you want to start a healthy habit, devote 15 minutes a day to it. Once upon a time, we all read irregularly, in jumps and starts. Sometimes we cannot open a book we have begun weeks ago. Therefore, you should decide to create a rule: devote at least 15 minutes a day to reading. Try reading before bed, or maybe during lunchtime, or even when you are having your morning coffee.

You will see progress immediately. You will notice that almost always your 15 minutes will grow into half an hour or more. But the most remarkable thing is that in three weeks your hands themselves will be looking for a book.


50 First Pages
This method advises - If the book hasn't hooked you from the first 50 pages, put it aside! Life is too short to read uninteresting books.

It is necessary to change the approach to books. At first it will be hard for you to stop and put the book down. Even if we put the book away, it will seem to reproach us from the shelf, mocking us as quitters. But in the end we should come to one simple thought: if it doesn’t hook your attention, you should not force yourself to read it.

***Fifty pages is not a bad test. Not the most objective, but definitely effective. It helps to determine whether it interests you or not, and whether to spend time on things that do not excite.


Reader's Diary

This should be used to improve the quality of reading - to make it more conscious. For starters, it can be a simple notebook with headings:

  • Author
  • Year of publication
  • Main characters
  • Scene
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Quotes

And, yes, a reader's diary is not a thing about quantity, but about quality. But, it can also motivate. When you open your diary and start looking at quotes (especially quotes), you immediately really want to read.


Maybe a Book Bet?
Several people can participate. Members of the betting group can come from friends, family, and also your colleagues. And of course you can set your own rules for participation, but we'll give you a simple example:

Everyone in the group should read and review a book over the course of a month with weekly updates. Anyone who does not finish a review buys the book for all other participants for the next month.


Speed Reading

Another effective way to increase the amount you read is speed reading. The logic here is simple - the faster you read, the more books you can enjoy.

*There are many online courses on speed reading, and you can also study on your own using instructional books. But, it is worth noting that this is a serious learning process that will require some effort on your part.



Reading every day is quite attainable, the main thing is to try to make it a habit.
Sometimes, instead of heading for Facebook, try opening a book and soon you won’t even remember why you needed to wander around social media.
And also - don't forget about audiobooks. They are a cool way to take the load off your eyes sometimes and just immerse yourself in the story. Some books are really strong in voice acting.


Indie Bestsellers

This feature require that you enable JavaScript in your browser.

Indie Next List

This feature require that you enable JavaScript in your browser.
Zircon - This is a contributing Drupal Theme
Design by WeebPal.