The Garden Guide

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

Granada garden design

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507. The gardens of Granada. In the romantic city of Granada is still preserved the famous palace of Casa del Amor, built by the Moors, who ruled there many centuries. It is situated on a rugged eminence, and, with its spacious and picturesque gardens, chiefly dedicated to the cultivation of fruit and flowers, occupies great part of the mountain. The ground is formed into terraces, and ornamented with statues, canals, fountains, cascades, and lakes. From it may be seen great part of the pleasure-gardens belonging to the city, all furnished with beautiful fountains of the purest water. All the banks of the rivers near Granada are embellished with numerous carmenes or en closed gardens. They are chiefly appropriated to the culture of flowers and fruit trees, standards as well as trained; they also have their statues, cascades, and groups of figures. A garden, to be denominated a carmen, must be situated on the banks of a river.