The Garden Guide

Book: Gardening tours by J.C. Loudon 1831-1842
Chapter: Northern England and Southern Scotland in 1841

Stirling Bowling Green

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The Bowling Green at Stirling adjoins a curious old garden, with numerous evergreens cut into curious shapes, the most complete of which is an arm-chair in box. The green for playing on is an oval 35 yards by 29, and the house for keeping the balls is 7 ft. square, surrounded by divisions for two balls each, marked 1 to 54. Round the grass plot there is first a sunk path 18 in. wide, to receive the balls when they go beyond the grass; next a rising slope of grass 2 ft. in height, forming an angle of 45ᆭ, and, lastly, a border of shrubbery 5 ft. wide. The most remarkable garden antiquity about Stirling, or indeed in Scotland, is a piece of ground which, at some former period, has been laid out in terraces and slopes, and probably surrounded by a canal. The surface is naturally quite flat, the soil a sandy loam, moist rather than dry, so that the artificial disposition of it must have been effected at a trifling expense. The extent of the whole has probably been 3 or 4 acres. A plan and section of the most interesting part of this garden have been kindly taken for us by Messrs. Drummond (fig. 75.), who also furnished the following extracts: -