Rene Mouawad, Sanayeh Garden Opening
A Beirut kind of green
When the Azadea Foundation completed renovations on the 22,000 square-meter Sanayeh Garden, it was time for an opening worthy of its historical significance. The garden, which was created more than a century ago, was the perfect setting for raising awareness of invaluable green spaces in Beirut. With the help of the municipality of Beirut, a two-day opening was launched, allowing more than 26,000 attendees to interact with the garden over a period of two days.
While the first day was limited to invite-only, the second was open to the public, offering art, history, and family fun. Kids and families made wishes by throwing flowers into the 30-meter central fountain and learned how to plant and take care of plants, highlighting the importance of respecting green spaces. Creativity sprouted throughout the garden as Dar Publishing created a play and songs for children to sing. “Jaridat Sanayeh,” a customized periodical about the history of the garden, was handed out to guests. A real nod to traditional Lebanese leisure activities came in the form of an area to play tawleh, cards, and other timeless classics.