The Garden Guide

Book: Gardening tours by J.C. Loudon 1831-1842
Chapter: From London to Sheffield in the Spring of 1839

Bonam Derby Garden

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The Garden of Mr. Bonam, in the outskirts of Derby, is not more than twenty yards square, but it is rendered quite a work to wonder at by the possessor, who is upwards of seventy years of age, who took to gardening late in life, and is engaged as a workman in a brewery in Derby all day. The ground is thrown into hills and pits, varied by rockwork, roots, seats, and other objects, intermixed with many curious and beautiful plants, shrubs, trees, &c. Mr. Bonam has effected every thing by his own personal labour a the evenings, and without the aid of money. He enjoys excellent health and spirits, and is enthusiastically attached to his garden.