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Secrets of Scotland's lost gardens

A striking new book, which promises to lift the lid on forgotten historic gardens of Scotland, has gone on sale.

Scotlands Lost Gardens

Marilyn Brown has used more that 31 years of expertise to compile 'Scotland's Lost Gardens', drawing on everything from old spy maps and medieval charters, to renaissance poetry and modern aerial photographs.

Among the locations featured are Castles Campbell, Edzell and Kennedy. The book has been published by the RCAHMS, which starts off with the 6th century gardens of Iona and also explores the refuges of Mary Queen of Scots.

A spokesman said "Gardens are one of the most important elements in the cultural history of Scotland and demonstrates how our cultural heritage sits within a wider European movement of shared artistic values and literary influences."


Source: The Scotsman


Kings Knot Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle – The King's Knot - only the layout survives – why is it not restored?

Castle Kennedy Gardens

Castle Kennedy - contemporary garden on site of old

Edzell Castle Knot Garden

Edzell Castle - elaborate knot garden replanted by Historic Scotland (photo Ron Dough)

Craigmillar Castle Garden

Craigmillar Castle - garden with water feature once stood in foreground


Book description taken from Amazon.co.uk

Gardens are one of the most important elements in the cultural history of Scotland. Like any art form, they provide an insight into social, political and economic fashions, they intimately reflect the personalities and ideals of the individuals who created them, and they capture the changing fortunes of successive generations of monarchs and noblemen. Yet they remain fragile features of the landscape, easily changed, abandoned or destroyed, leaving little or no trace. In 'Scotland's Lost Gardens', author Marilyn Brown rediscovers the fascinating stories of the nation's vanished historic gardens. Drawing on varied, rare and newly available archive material, including the cartography of Timothy Pont, a spy map of Holyrood drawn for Henry VIII during the 'Rough Wooing', medieval charters, renaissance poetry, the Accounts of the Lord High Treasurer, and modern aerial photography, a remarkable picture emerges of centuries of lost landscapes. Starting with the monastic gardens of St Columba on the Isle of Iona in the sixth century, and encompassing the pleasure parks of James IV and James V, the royal and noble refuges of Mary Queen of Scots, and the King's Knot, the garden masterpiece which lies below Stirling Castle, the history of lost gardens is inextricably linked to the wider history of the nation, from the spread of Christianity to the Reformation and the Union of the Crowns. The product of over thirty years of research, 'Scotland's Lost Gardens' demonstrates how our cultural heritage sits within a wider European movement of shared artistic values and literary influences. Providing a unique perspective on this common past, it is also a fascinating guide to Scotland's disappeared landscapes and sanctuaries - lost gardens laid out many hundreds of years ago 'for the honourable delight of body and soul'.



Added: 26 Sep 2012 Updated: 21 Apr 2018
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