The method of the elementary study of resources, and the current state and forms of heritage protection for historic garden layouts, are defined by the guidelines for the compiling of records for horticultural monuments (in accordance with the all-Polish programme of records of historic gardens). This method is generally used and very valuable, as thanks to this there are standard, reviewed documentations of historical garden and landscape compositions nationwide. It needs to be emphasized, however, that a large number of records compiled at the beginning of the programme (in the years 1970-1980) do not meet the requirements specified for such documentations, and, above all, they are out of date. At the same time this record is frequently the only documentation of a historic garden, based on which elementary restorers' decisions are made, and it also often represents the only source of knowledge about such a monument, so is used for all kinds of purposes. The updating of documentation for historic garden compositions is for many reasons a matter of great urgency and in the context of the tools available at the moment, and the increasing number of qualified people, it seem possible for it to be conducted effectively. Current documentation, compiled in accordance with a unified method, would definitely contribute to an improvement in historic landscape management, including the making of the right decisions in terms of restoration and planning. Updates of records would form the basis for defining the real transformations of garden layouts which had occurred since the time of compiling the first recorded documents, and which also represents great value. This would allow the definition of the directions for the evolution of historical compositions and the identification of threats, and, in consequence, to determine the right means of conservation for the diminishing resources of Polish garden design. The subject used as an example in this article to present the method of documenting and analysing spatial transformations is the park and palace complex in Maluszyn, truly magnificent in the past, currently preserved in fragmentary condition and de facto evanescing in the modern settlement structure.