The Garden Landscape Guide

Book: History of Garden Design and Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 3: European Gardens (500AD-1850)

Dutch Cemetery Gardens

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171.Cemetery gardens, though first commenced, in modern times, by the Emperor Joseph, in the Netherlands, are not yet become common. Trees, however, are frequently planted in churchyards. A citizen of Amsterdam, N. Philippe Bosquet, who died there on the 8th of January, 1829, bequeathed 2000 florins to the Benevolent Society of the northern provinces of the Netherlands, on the condition that two fruit trees of full growth should be planted over his grave, the fruit to be publicly sold by auction every year; in order to prove that the receptacles of the dead may be rendered useful and beneficial to the living.