The Garden Guide

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

Fountain design in Greece

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540. The fountains in Greece are generally shaded by plane trees or horsechestnuts; and M. Baumann observes, that he never saw trees so well grown and so perfect as in the neighbourhood of these fountains. 'It appears,' he adds, 'as if nature herself chose to protect and shade the fountains, which the Turks erect wherever they can find a spring, and near each of which the Turks inscribe a passage from the Koran, which invites the toil-worn traveller to come and quench his thirst.' (Baumann in Gard. Mag. for 1839, p. 99.)