A doctor in Jordan has transformed his small Amman clinic into a garden where he has grown over 3,000 plants.
Jordanian doctor Nizar al Halaby waters his plants inside his clinic in Amman, Jordan, July 5, 2020. (Reuters)
“It takes me between an hour, hour and a half, sometimes two hours [to water the plants] depending on the workload in the clinic,” al-Halaby said. “It's a wonderful feeling, it's like caring for someone you love, giving them water and protecting them. They are a part of your life.”
He believes they also have a calming effect on his patients, who often find themselves competing with the plants for seats in the waiting room.
“I've been visiting this doctor for more than 20 years, yes it has been more than 20 years, we came here as kids with our mother and would stare at the plants in the clinic,” said patient Mohammd Abu Zainah. “We used to play with the plants and even tried taking some home. It's been a sight to see ever since I was a kid.”
With the outbreak of the coronavirus pushing Jordan into a lockdown in March, the keen plantsman said coming to his clinic and spending hours with his plants has been comforting.
“It's very hard staying away from them,” al-Halaby said. “Even being away for two days, I would come back and be amazed by how great the clinic looks. I planted every single thing. I didn't buy any of them. There is a love connection with the plants.”
Jordanian doctor Nizar al Halaby speaks with one of his patients at his clinic in Amman, Jordan, July 5, 2020. (Reuters)