Palace to get ‘physic’ gar­den

His­tory: New at­trac­tion for Holy­rood­house

The Press and Journal (Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY GRAEME MUR­RAY

A new pub­lic at­trac­tion is to be cre­ated at the Palace of Holy­rood­house in­spired by a 17th-cen­tury herb gar­den.

The Royal Col­lec­tion Trust has an­nounced plans for the Ed­in­burgh gar­den in­spired by a “physic” or medic­i­nal gar­den that was once based in the grounds.

It was then the first of its kind in Scot­land and was orig­i­nally cre­ated to teach students about the medic­i­nal prop­er­ties of plants and to pro­vide phar­ma­cists with fresh ma­te­ri­als.

The new at­trac­tion will be cre­ated in the 2,500sq m area be­hind the Abbey Strand build­ings and will have raised flower beds laid out in a geo­met­ric pat­tern, re­flect­ing the de­sign of early botanic gar­dens.

Royal Col­lec­tion Trust di­rec­tor Jonathan Mars­den said: “The re­turn of sci­en­tific gardening to the place of its birth in Scot­land will pro­vide a new fo­cus of in­ter­est for vis­i­tors to the palace, for the lo­cal com­mu­nity and es­pe­cially, we hope, for young peo­ple.”

The gar­dens have had a num­ber of uses over the cen­turies. When Mary, Queen of Scots was res­i­dent in the 1560s, they in­cluded ar­eas for joust­ing tour­na­ments, hunt­ing, hawk­ing and archery.

A view of the palace gar­dens in 1835

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