During the Reconquista King Ferdinand III conquered Seville, Spain, and moved the Castilian court to the Alcazar, a Moors style fort that predates the Alhambra.
The strong geometry of the garden layout is reinforced by structural evergreen planting of shoulder height Myrtle, tall Cypress trees, and Lemon, Orange and Pomegranate fruit trees all irrigated by water captured from the roofs.
Alacazar, Seville palm trees contemporary garden design Alacazar, Seville water feature contemporary garden design Alacazar, Seville box and yew hedges modern garden design
Courtyards within the Alcazar were organized into four quadrants with recessed flowerbeds running alongside the water features.
Seats are shaded by evergreen magnolias and fan palms and the gardens are planted with lemons, jasmine and myrtle; climbing roses, wisteria, acanthus and box. Unusual espalier wall-trained bitter Seville oranges perfume the air. Water gently splashes in the fountain bowls at the centre of each garden.
Islamic traditions continued to influence Iberian architecture, decoration and landscape design for Muslims, Christians and Jews alike. The political leadership was Castilian; the gardens were Muslim, and today the adaption of the Moors’ ideas continue to provide the inspiration for our modern gardens.