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Issue 13, 1997

The Turkish Garden Issue

£150.00 / $189.49 / €177.40
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Flowers are in profusion in this issue from Alanya’s stunning medieval gardens to the fragrant window boxes of Cihangir, from the Book of Tulips to Rüstem Pasha’s exuberant floral tiles. Elsewhere we uncover Great Dixter’s Turkish connection; find Azaleas that make men mad and revel in Barhal, nature’s alpine garden. After all that gardening its time for some cooking with herbs. VERY RARE ISSUE. Digital edition due end April 2023


  • The Turkish Garden

    Martyn Rix introduces a special issue devoted to Turkey’s horticultural heritage, from the splash of the urban window box to the splendour of a mountain hillside. Martyn Rix is the editor of Curtis’s Botanical Journal. His articles in Cornucopia Issues 29 and 31 explore the flora of the Taurus Mountains
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  • The Painted Garden

    In its heyday the Istanbul tulip was the most fashionable of flowers. Turhan Baytop turns the pages of a priceless 1725 tulip album

  • The Tamed Hills of Alanya

    The Seljuk sultans who fell in love with Alanya and tamed its wild hillsides in the thirteenth century left a legacy of walled gardens and verdant terraces that is only now being rediscovered. By Scott Redford with photographs by Sigurd Kranendonk and Astrid von Schell.

  • Flowers that Made Men Mad

    The truly intoxicating rhododendrons of northeast Turkey. The most famous victims to fall under its spell were Xenophon’s luckless men on their return from the Persian expedition. Text and photographs by Andrew Byfield.

  • Tiled in Splendour

    Festooned with flowers, the brilliantly painted tiles of Rustem Pasha Mosque form a glazed garden of infinite variety. John Carswell discovers in them the hand of genius that gave birth to classical Iznik design. Photographs by Simon Upton

  • Thyme & Tide

    In Mürefte on the Sea of Marmara, village women still take to the fields each summer to collect just seven different herbs, with which they produce a ritual dish. If they eat it before the first thunderstorms, they believe, they will have immunity from illness for a whole year.
    More cookery features

Inside the issue

The Turkish Garden

  1. An Introduction by Martyn Rix [extract available online]
  2. The Mediterranean Garden
    The Tamed Hills of Alanya, by Scott Redford
    [extract available online]
  3. Wild Flowers
    Black Sea Rhododendrons: Flowers that Made Men Mad, by Andrew Byfield
    [extract available online]
  4. Urban Flowers
    Hooray for Grey, Neale Williams on streetwise flower power
  5. The Natural Garden
    Sweet Waters, by William Douglas
  6. The Ceramic Garden
    Tiled in Splendour: the Rüstem Pasha Mosque, by John Carswell
    [extract available online]
  7. The Painted Garden
    The Book of Tulips, by Turhan Baytop
    [extract available online]
  8. Portrait of a Gardener
    A Man for Three Cultures: Fergus Garrett, by Patricia Morison
  9. The Alpine garden
    The Highest Heaven, by John Drake and Liz Thompson
    [available online]
  10. The Good Nursery Guide
    by Andrew Byfield


  1. Thyme and Tide
    fragrant recipes from a herbal garden, by Berrin Torolsan


  1. John Carswell from Inner Mongolia, Norman Stone in Ankara, Charles Vaughn in Azerbaijan and Frances Kazan in New York
  2. Istanbul Diary, by Andrew Finkel


  1. Connoisseur
    A viewer's guide to salerooms and galleries, by Philippa Scott
  2. Counterpoint
    None of that Jazz: John Brunton on Joshua Redman. The New Hero of Byzantium: Michael Owen on Ian Holm
  3. Art & Design
    Home is Where the Art is: London's new Turkish gallery, by Amicia de Moubray
  4. Eating Out
    by Andrew Finkel and Christopher Ryan

Book Reviews

  1. The Metamorphic City
    Istanbul the Imperial City, by John Freely. Reviewed by Godfrey Goodwin
  2. Dangerous Game
    Churchill’s Secret War, Diplomatic Decrypts: The Foreign Office and Turkey 1942–44, by Robert Denniston. Reviewed by Antony Wynn
  3. A Labyrinth of Errors
    A Turkish Labyrinth: Atatürk and the New Islam, by James Pettifer. Reviewed by Norman Stone
  4. Neighbourhood Watch
    Antakya Through the Ages, by Ataman Demir, translated by Priscilla Mary Işın. Reviewed by David Morray
  5. Godfrey’s Harem
    The Private World of Ottoman Women, by Godfrey Goodwin. Reviewed by John Carswell
  6. Kandinsky’s Pot of Gold
    Ikat: Silks of Central Asia, by Kate Fitz Gibbon and Andrew Hale. Reviewed by Philippa Scott
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