Bagh-e- Sangi

Bagh-e- Sangi (the Garden of stone), is a mysterious garden with no greenery, but its trees always have fruit, fruits of stones which have been hanging on dried trunks for many years, with a hidden secret. A garden that is not like any other ones, but more sophisticated than most. It's situated 40 km south-east of Sirjan, in Kerman province.

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The story of this garden is a worth hearing story. A hexagonal garden with hundreds of fertile trees, really distinctive of other ones; no need for water or sunshine, but for years its trees have been standing proudly. The trees owe their resistance to Darvish Khan Esfandiarpour, who sowed each one with his hands and in the silence and wonder of villagers and visitors. A man who, in the midst of troubles, set up one of the most beautiful abstract art museums in the middle of the desert.

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Dervish Khan Esfandiari, a landowner of Sirjan, lived through gardening and being a shepherd. He lost much of his land in 1961 (1340) after the implementation of the land reform plan. To protest this loss, he abandoned gardening until all the remaining trees dried. After that, he started to create this garden, a vast garden in which nearly a hundred short and tall trees are planted with regularity. Much more astonishing than the rootless and dry trees in the soil, are the hanging stones, large and small ones, tied to the branches with thick wires and ropes.

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Darwish Khan shared all his life with these trees and created the picture of his days, sweet or bitter, in them. For example a curved stone like a shaved head for when his son became a soldier or stones for the death of his friends and loved ones. Creating such garden was a way of protesting since Darvish Khan was deaf and dumb, so he couldn't express his protest in words. This garden was his only delight and pleasure, he looked after it carefully until he died in 2007 at the age of 83, beside his trees and also is buried there.


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