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Right next to Giza Zoo and once including the Zoo grounds, the Orman garden was part of Said Pasha's Palace. It spread over more than 90 acres, and used to supply vegetables and fruits to all the Khedivial palaces.
Right next to Giza Zoo and once including the Zoo grounds, the Orman garden was part of Said Pasha's Palace. It spread over more than 90 acres, and used to supply vegetables and fruits to all the Khedivial palaces, becoming known as the garden of lemons, thanks to its 10,000 citrus trees. Later it was reduced to 50 acres then 25 when half of its area was used to create the neighboring zoo. Yet it still possesses many of its distinguished features: the rose garden featuring 200 species of cactus- a magnificent forest of bamboos, and the alley of the royal palms. Struggling to survive of a very small budget, the garden has lost some of its formerly lush vegetation, but is still home to significant variety of rare and exotic plants and trees.
The Orman garden was founded in 1875 by Khedive Ismail, when he paid a visit to the forests of Bois de Boulogne in Paris, stemming from his strong love for beauty he decided to create Orman garden in Cairo to transfer what he saw in the forests Bois de Boulogne with the assistance of French expert is (Cheverlei) and the Egyptian farmer (Ibrahim Hamouda) in the cultivation of the garden which is designed on the French style and characterized by regular geometric design.
The word (Orman) in Turkish means (forest) or the bush.