The Garden Guide

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

Damascus cemetery

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732. The cemetery at Damascus is very extensive. The tombs are formed with great care, and are finished with extraordinary neatness. At the foot of each grave is enclosed a small earthen vessel, in which is planted a sprig of myrtle, regularly watered every day by the friends of the deceased. Buckingham saw twenty or thirty females watering the myrtles, and strewing flowers on the graves. (Travels among the Arab Tribes, p. 316.)