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John Adam's Eighteenth-Century Walled Garden at Blair, Kinross

Forbes W. Robertson
Garden History
Vol. 31, No. 1 (Spring, 2003), pp. 48-66
DOI: 10.2307/1587401
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1587401
Page Count: 19
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Abstract

Between 1756 and 1761, John Adam (1721-92), son of William Adam (1689-1748) and brother of Robert (1728-92), all architects, designed and supervised the construction and stocking of the walled garden at Blair Adam, Kinross-shire, Scotland. The formal part of the garden comprised a rectangular pattern of paths and walks separating compartments devoted to vegetables and bordered with espaliers of apples and flower borders. The southern part of the garden, or 'pleasurable part', was dominated by many kinds of evergreen, tastefully distributed among winding, grassy paths. John was a long-standing friend of John Hope, Keeper of the Edinburgh Botanical Garden, from whom he periodically received parcels of plants that contributed to his rich collection. Adam's instructions to his gardener, together with gardeners' lists up to the 1830s, provide valuable records of the exact composition of the extensive orchard, flower borders, rose beds and even the planting list of gooseberries.

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