The Bosphorus

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The Bosphorus
« on: January 31, 2012, 04:03:31 PM »
Due to the ongoing political difficulties in Syria I must (temporarily only, I hope) abandon my research for a book about gardens of the Levant. However, a man must have a project, so in the meantime I will be writing about the gardens attached to palaces and houses on the Bosphorus. I would welcome any information from MGS members about any such extant gardens and any literature (in any language) associated with them (I have 'Splendours of the Bosphorus: Houses and Palaces of Istanbul' by Hellier and Venturi, first published in 1993). I will be in Istanbul 18-25 March 2012.
David Wheeler is the editor of HORTUS, the gardening quarterly he founded in 1987. He gardens eight acres near Presteigne on the Welsh border and as a freelance writer contributes regularly to the Daily Telegraph, Country Life, The English Garden and Gardens Illustrated.



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« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2012, 02:55:18 PM »
You have not had many answers here so far, David, and I don’t know if this is of any help, but on our trip to Turkey in 2010, we were given a lecture by Professor Adil Güner on The Nezahat Gökyiğit Botanic Garden of which he is the Keeper. I wanted to see it myself on my way back via Istanbul, but unfortunately, I did not manage to do so, next time I will! There are several blogs on the internet describing this park, which is situated in a very unlikely place, surrounded by three motorways, but it sounds as if it is a place worth seeing.
Retired veterinary surgeon by training with a PhD in parasitology,  but worked as a virologist since 1992.
Member of the MGS  since 2004. Gardening in Oslo and to a limited extent in Halkidiki, Greece.