The Garden Guide

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

Calabria Garden Design

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114. In Calabria there are but few gardens remarkable for either design or taste, though almost every family in Castel Nuovo has a good garden, planted with fruit trees (which produce as good fruit as that grown in any part of Italy), and well stocked with all kinds of excellent vegetables. (Elmhirst's Travels in Calabria, p. 56.) Policoro, a large house and farm belonging to the family of Grimaldi, has some �well planted gardens near the house, watered by a copious fountain, which only make us regret that they are not kept in better order: but neatness and regularity will be in vain looked for in the south of Italy.� (Craven' Tour, &c., p. 199.) Cassano, in Calabria, not far from Amendolara, is the residence of the Duke of Cassano. The mansion is a modern, substantial, and commodious building: the view from it extends over an extensive range of luxuriant gardens; and out of their thick and shadowy recesses, a solitary Roman tower, ears its majestic form between two immense palm trees. A stream winds its clear and rapid course round this scene; and in the distance is the sea. (Ibid., p. 212.)