The Prince of Wales and Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned were set to plant a Sidr tree to mark the opening of the Qur'anic Garden Exhibition at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew today (8 April).
Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al-Missned is chair of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development.
The exhibition at Kew comprises plans and herbarium sheets of the proposed Qur'anic Garden in Doha that was inaugurated by Sheikha Mozah in September 2008 when she planted its first tree - a Sidr (ziziphus spina-christi - Christ's thorn).
A Qur'anic Garden comprises all the plant species that are mentioned in the Islamic holy book - holy plants, such as fig, olive and pomegranate; aroma plants, such as ginger, basil and camphor; food plants, such as wheat, barley, lentils, onion and garlic; desert plants, such as gourd, tamarisk and aloe; and Mediterranean plants, such as mustard, saffron and watermelon; and pasture, such as clover.
The garden in Doha, and the exhibition at Kew, aim to increase global awareness of the plants mentioned in the Qur'an and to promote understanding between cultures through a common interest in the environment and its preservation.