Mr Gamal, an Egyptian man who is 76 years old, is initiating this beautiful mixed garden in the street next to his home in Cairo. Seeing his activity, volunteers have started to gather around Mr. Gamal to learn and help him out with his urban street gardening efforts!
The word "Ostaz" means "Mr" in Arabic. The name "Gamal" in Arabic means beauty!
Mr Gamal says that people spend too much money and effort to fill their stomachs yet he sees the enjoyment of eating as not the only source of feeling happy. He says that enjoyment of eating is a pleasant thing but only lasts for a short time. In contrast, he recons that the enjoyment of pleasant scents and beautiful colorful scenery are joys that last much longer yet many people are not paying attention to longer lasting sources of enjoyment in life!
Mr Gamal is an avid propagator of plans. He loves to propagate plants that are about to be extinct. He feverishly keeps propagating more and more of them through cuttings. He also keeps a handful of seeds in his pocket "keeping life inside my pockets" he says!
Mr Gamal employs softwood propagation to propagate Wild Privet (تمر حنة) and several other woody trees.
The following are quotations from Mr Gamal's words: