The Garden Guide

Book: History of Garden Design and Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 5: Gardens in Asia, America, Africa, Australia

Beirut Lebanon Garden

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1. Of the present State of Gardening in Asia Minor, &c. [Editor's note: Fakhreddine Il Maan (1598-1635) was Emir of Lebanon Henry Maundrell visited the Place des Canons palace garden in 1697 ( See Maundrell, Henry, A Journey from Aleppo to Jerusalem at Easter, ad 1697, 1703). The place is now Canons Square in Beirut] 728. The garden of the Emir Facardine, at Beroot, is described by Maundrell as a large quadrangular spot of ground, divided into sixteen lesser squares, four in a row, with walks between them, and planted with citron trees. Each of the lesser squares was bordered with stone, and in the stonework were troughs, very artificially contrived for conveying the water all over the garden, there being little outlets cut at every tree, for the stream, as it passed by, to flow out and water it. On the east side were two terrace walks, rising one above the other; each having an ascent to it of twelve steps. At the north end they led into booths and summer-houses, and other apartments very delightful. (Journey from Aleppo to Jerusalem at Easter, p. 40.)