The Garden Landscape Guide

Book: History of Garden Design and Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 3: European Gardens (500AD-1850)

Leiden gardens

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162.The environs of Leyden [Leiden] are extremely beautiful, and the whole country around is studded with villas, gardens, and pleasure-houses, standing, as usual, over ditches, or in the middle of ponds. (Ibid. p. 78.)