Walk past Tishreen Park any night this summer and you are likely to see families walking out with their arms full of plants. No, they haven’t been stealing from the park, this is the annual International Flower Show.
Dozens of countries have got stands at the top end of Tishreen – and one of the most popular is the Iraqi one.
The Baghdad Municipality has brought some of the city’s most symbolic flowers into this cool hilly part of western Damascus. Families with Iraqi accents are pushing to get inside and have their photos taken and remember home.
As I walked away, a father and his son started going in the same direction. “This is our country,” he said to his son, pointing at the display. “Our country is beautiful isn’t it.”