Sevilla

Unlike the Alhambra in Granada, the Alcazar and Casa de Pilatos in Sevilla are less crowded and offer opportunities to visit the interior and the gardens in relative isolation. Flash photography is allowed which made it possible to capture artesonado ceilings, plasterwork, tiled walls, fountains and gardens in greater detail. One garden space was rich with the fragrance of figs that had dropped from a tree overhanging the walkway. The sounds of water rushing through rills, trickling from sculptures or overflowing from fountains, the reflected light, and garden sections surrounded by clipped myrtles, boxwood and flowering plants immerse the senses. Jasmine climbs tiled walls topped with potted plants. Sago palms, Water Lilies, Cosmos, Clivia, Nerine, Pomegranites, Orange trees, Cypress, Zinnia, Plumbago,

Roses, Euphorbia, Lavendar, Datura, Hibiscus, Lantana, Gomphrenia, Marigold, Cockscomb and Basil are among the repertoire of plants in today's Andalusian gardens. Through a combination of lists and drawings, botanical texts and archeological evidence, many of the species of plants grown in medieval Islamic Spain are known, but
there is much that remains to be done in order to identify how gardens were arranged. (Ruggles: 51) Descriptions of cypress trees
that acted as wind barriers, orange trees and myrtles in sunken gardens are backed by archeological evidence. Gardens were sunken rather than raised so that irrigation channels could direct water to flood them. (Ruggles: 55) Islamic Gardens and Landscapes. D. Fairchild Ruggles. Univ. of Pennsylvania Press. 2011.