The Garden Guide

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

Egyptian gardening and garden design

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1. On the present State of Gardening in Egypt 813. The country houses and gardens of the pacha [pasha], and most of the rich inhabitants of Grand Cairo, are situated at Boulak, near Old Cairo. The gardens are said to be well stocked with date and other palm trees, and with the grape and some European vegetables. In general, however, European fruits and vegetables do not thrive, on account of the great heat and dryness of the climate. (Bramsen's Letters, &c.) The gardens of Rosetta are very numerous, and contain nearly all the vegetables grown in Europe.