The Italian Flower garden at Lauriston Castle was
commissioned by the owner, William Rutherford, an advocate, an Italian
scholar and Member of Parliament for Leith.
was created by the architect, William Playfair, in 1844.
Playfair who designed the
Stephen's Church and other prominent buildings in Edinburgh was
involved in adding gabled porches to the castle in 1845 when he was
asked to design the garden.
Under a twinning scheme with Tuscany and
Florence, the garden is now to be restored at a cost of £240,000. It
is to include new Italian-style gates, statues, urns and an Itallianate
hedge. The garden is expected to open in summer 2007.
The Italian Garden will become Lauriston' s
second Friendship Garden. The first Friendship Garden,
a Japanese Garden opened in 2002.
Edinburgh Evening News,
November 18, 2005, p. 29