The Garden Guide

Book: Fragments on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, 1816
Chapter: Fragment Xxxiv. Extracted From The Report Of Endsleigh, A Cottage On The Banks Of The Tamar, In Devonshire, By Permission Of His Grace The Duke Of Bedford. Situation And Character.

Garden enjoyment for the elderly

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CONCLUSION. So interesting and so picturesque a subject, makes me regret the inadequate efforts of my pencil in representing, as well as the difficulty of my progress in viewing it. I will, however, indulge the hope that the preceding pages may not only be useful in improving the scenery of Endsleigh, but in furnishing employment and amusement to its noble possessors for many years to come; and having, in a manner, provided against the rigours of winter, I will not be unmindful of that winter of life which must alike assail the cottage and the palace. With this in view, I will venture to advise, that all the walks be made sufficiently wide to admit a carriage; and having, myself, lost the power of gathering a flower, or picking up a fossil from the ground, I have found great comfort in banks raised to the height of three or four feet on a face of ornamental pebbles, to bring nearer to the eye those lesser rock-plants, or delicate blossoms, which are too minute to be seen from the ground. At this enchanting retreat, the most pleasing attention has been paid to the comforts of infancy and youth, of which the children's cottage is one of the most perfect examples. Let the same attention be extended to solace the infirmities of age. It is with peculiar satisfaction that I have been called upon to exercise my utmost skill on this subject, since everything that can contribute to the enjoyment of its scenery, I know must also contribute to the improvement of the neighbouring country in its agriculture, its mineralogy, its civilization, and the general happiness of all who dwell within the influence of this cottage on the banks of the Tamar.