The Garden Guide

Book: History of Garden Design and Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 4: British Gardens (1100-1830)

Renaissance gardens in Scotland

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604. There are various remains of gardens of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries in Scotland. At the palace of Falkland is a large square enclosure, on a dull flat, in which there exist only a few stunted ash trees, though the boundary stone wall is still a formidable fence. The gardens of Holyrood House appear to have been exceedingly confined; the boundary wall only remains; and there are some indications of the rows of trees which stood in the park, which seems to have extended to the base of the adjoining hill, Arthur's Seat. The palace of Scone, we learn from Adamson, a poet of the seventeenth century, was surrounded by 'gardens and orchards, flowers and fruits;' and the park, in which are still some ancient trees, 'abounded in the hart and fallow deer.' Generally a few old trees in rows adjoin the other royal residences, and oldest baronial castles; but they give no indications of the extent to which art was carried in their disposition.