THE HISTORY OF THE WALLED (FORMAL) GARDEN AT BENMORE BOTANIC GARDEN

David Gray

Abstract


The 2.02 ha site containing the Category B listed Walled Garden at Benmore is currently the
subject of a major redesign proposal and active fundraising programme. The purpose of this article
is to raise the profile of the project by investigating and highlighting the historical development of
the site. This retrospective study is also intended as a support to contemporary redevelopment plans
and as a demonstration of how the past underpins and informs the future.
I am frankly and absolutely for a formal garden … It is a small piece of ground
enclosed by walls … There is not the least attempt to imitate natural scenery
(Phillpotts, 1906, p. 54).

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