Saturday, January 24, 1:30 pm – Babur and His Gardens

Explore the complexity of gardens and landscapes of the Islamic world in a lecture by Stephen F. Dale at The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway.  Babur, the Timurid founder of the Mughal Empire, built gardens wherever he settled.  In 1494, he became ruler of the Ferghanah valley, east of Samarqand, but his constantly shifting fortunes brought him to Afghanistan and finally to Agra, India, where he died in 1530. Hear examples from Babur’s poetry and his engaging autobiography, rich with descriptions of nature and the gardens he loved.  Tickets $15 General Public, $12 Seniors, $5 members.  For more information log on to, or call 617-278-5156.