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Amid tutorials on petunia pruning and best bouquet arrangement practices, roots of an altogether different nature are being nurtured at the Beirut Garden Show.As part of an effort to revive tourism and breathe new life into Lebanese traditions, the Garden Show highlighted a number of local artisans, craftsmen and food producers from less-known corners of the country.Some, like Omran Makari, who makes chairs with seats woven from Lebanese grasses, say their trades are alive and well. The tradition will continue, at least for another generation.Jihad Esber said he was the last remaining potter in the town of Rashaya al-Fakhar.A nearby town called Aita al-Fakhar, meaning temple of the potters, is now just referred to as Aita as the local craft has died out.With the tour group Vamos Todos, he introduces eager wayfarers to Lebanon's hidden gems.
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