The Garden Guide

Book: Fragments on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, 1816
Chapter: Fragment Xxix. Concerning The Luxuries Of A Garden.

Trellis walks in kitchen gardens

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Let us now consider the garden for use, rather than for beauty, and we shall find that these two objects are by no means incompatible. The walks of a kitchen-garden are apt to be uncomfortably exposed to the sun's heat during the summer and autumn: this may be corrected by training the fruit-trees of espaliers on hoops over the walks, to make shady alleys; or covered berceaux, from whence the apples, pears, and plums are seen hanging within our reach; and grapes so trained will sometimes ripen without artificial heat. These trellis arcades may be straight or curved, and the walks may be of gravel or grass, surrounding and enclosing those quarters for garden crops, which, if well managed, will be scarcely visible from the walks; and a screen of gooseberries, currants, raspberries, and asparagus beds, surrounding these, will make a cheerful blind during great part of the summer months.