Stop and smell the desert flowers
A tour of Dubai might yield surprising fruit - outside the city limits blooms a garden of 45 million flowers. It's called the Miracle Garden of Dubai, and while it just opened last February, it's already setting records.
The cultivated explosions of color - shaping into arches, towers and pyramids - might remind travelers of a showier, modern garden of Babylon. It certainly is a wonder, having been cultivated in a region that gets rain less than 25 days a year.
Despite this limitation, the team behind the project decided not only to overcome it, but quash it by aiming to develop the world's biggest flower garden that also happens to have a minimal carbon footprint. The solution for gardeners was a waste water and drip irrigation system to keep flowers in bloom for much of the year, closing only from June to September, when temperatures reach 104 degrees.
The Dubai Miracle Garden has already set some records, boasting first and foremost the longest wall of flowers. It stretches 2,624 feet, or nearly half of a mile. The garden is also home to the world's biggest flower clock and the tallest flower pyramid.