The History of the Walled (Formal) Garden at Benmore Botanic Garden


  • David Gray Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh



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).

Author Biography

David Gray, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh



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How to Cite

Gray, D. (2019). The History of the Walled (Formal) Garden at Benmore Botanic Garden. Sibbaldia: The International Journal of Botanic Garden Horticulture, (17), 201–236.