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A garden designed for a Greek island

photos by Julia Cotton

For the full text of this article see The Mediterranean Garden No 57, July 2009

Julia Catton and her husband bought an old town house, built by her husband’s grandfather, on the Aegean island of Lemnos. The house was dark and dank and smelled of mice. The garden was square and flat, with a few battered old almond trees, a fig tree and a large olive. In it were two ruined outbuildings, the old oven and a roofed structure over an old well.

Julia and her husband spend part of each year in Australia, so their projects for the garden had to bear this in mind. They wanted not only to renovate the house but also to restore the old ambience, making the property once again a productive country house and garden.

Julia set to work making plans. Her article describes this process and explains some of the decisions taken.


Some of the ruined outbuildings.


The square and flat garden, before.


Planting the trees.


The same garden, after.

 

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