The Garden Guide

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

Tarragona garden design

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510. The gardens of Tarragona. Granjas, the seat of Don Ramon Fortunj, near Tarragona, appears to be in good taste, combining the ancient style with the cultivation of the orange, fig, vine, olive, and other fruits, and with an accidental mixture of rocks and picturesque scenery. A very interesting engraving of this peculiar and beautiful residence is given by Sir John Carr, in his Travels in Spain; the doors of the dining- room, he informs us, open into a small garden, the walls of which are covered with myrtles, jasmines, and roses, and the view is over an orchard of olives, oranges, and pomegranates. In the centre of the garden are grotesque waterworks. We are not aware of any attempt to introduce the modern style of landscape-gardening in this country. The hermitages of Montserrat, near Tarragona, abound in oak, olives, ash, elm, box, myrtle, eglantine, jasmine, rosemary, lavender, thyme, and other aromatic shrubs and plants, tastefully disposed among the rocks and declivities, by the hand of nature, with very little assistance from man; that of Santa Anna (fig. 167.) is one of the most remarkable.