The Garden Guide

Book: History of Garden Design and Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 1: Gardening in the Ancient World

Punchaea Island Garden

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23.A paradise in the island of Punchï¾µa, near the coast of Arabia, is described by Diodorus Siculus as having been in a flourishing state in the time of Alexander's immediate successors, or about B.C. 300. It belonged to a temple of Jupiter Tryphilius, and had a copious fountain, which burst at once into a river, was cased with stone for near half a mile, and was afterwards used for irrigation. It had the usual accompaniments of groves, fruit trees, thickets, and flowers.