The Garden Guide

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

Kerim Khan Zend gardens

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738. The gardens of Kerim Khan are thus described by Morier:-'An immense wall, of the neatest construction, encloses a square tract of land, which is laid out into walks shaded by cypress and chenar (Platanus), and watered by a variety of marble canals, and small artificial cascades. Over the entrance, which is a lofty and arched passage, is built a pleasure-house. In the centre of the garden is another of the principal pleasure-houses. There is a basin in the middle of the principal room, where a fountain plays and refreshes the air, &c. The whole soil of this garden is artificial, having been excavated from the area below, and raised into a high terrace. The garden is now falling into decay; but those who saw it in the reign of Kerim Khan delight to describe its splendour, and do not cease to give the most ravishing pictures of the beauty of all the environs of his capital.' (Journey to Persia, 1812, p. 206. Johnson's Journey from India, 1817, chap. v.)