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Before the Civil War, Beirut's central souks boasted a bustling flower and plant market, which ceased to exist during the drawn-out conflict.The daily market, which opened on March 19, aims to help small-scale farmers from across the country sell their flowers in the city.The market already boasts many different plant species, and the variety will only increase before the market closes on April 19 .A smaller, trial flower market was hosted in 2016 as a pilot project.Next year, the organizers hope to expand the flower market further, showcasing over 100 varieties of cut flowers grown in Lebanon and possibly becoming a permanent fixture.Hassan intends to run workshops and seminars alongside the market, to educate people about plants, flowers and gardening.Last year, the Agriculture Ministry partnered with the Garden Show Festival to distribute around 10,000 plants of a particular jasmine varietal – an endangered species native to Lebanon – for free to people in the market.
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