The Garden Guide

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

Villanov Garden in Poland

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484. The principal private garden in the ancient style, was that of Villanov, the pro perty of Count Stanislaus Pototcki, a few miles from the capital, but now modernised. Judging from the excellent views of these gardens, painted by B. Canaletti, and now in the zamosk, or castle, in Warsaw, they must have been elegant of their kind. At Cracow there are the remains of a geometric garden, of a few acres, laid out by Marshal London, when Austrian governor of that city; one of a convent of some extent; and a small public garden. But in the south of Poland, and especially in Gallicia, the only thing remarkable, as to design in gardens, is the powerfully walled enclosures of the convents and religious houses, in some of which are venerable orchards, broad grass-walks, mossy trees, and curious sundials.