The Garden Guide

Book: Gardening tours by J.C. Loudon 1831-1842
Chapter: Manchester, Chester, Liverpool and Scotland in the Summer of 1831

Lancashire nurseries

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Nurseries. - The Bache Pool nursery at Chester, Messrs. F. and J. Dickson, and the Walton nursery near Liverpool, Mr. Skirving, are by far the two most complete nurseries of hardy things that we have seen since we left London: indeed, for articles grown in the open air, and for order and neatness, there is no nursery about London which can be at all compared with them. The Bache Pool nursery contains the best collection of rare plants, and the other excels in the style in which the grounds are arranged about Mr. Skirving's house, and in the arrangement and keeping of the whole. There is an approach road to Mr. Skirving's house through turf, trees, and a lawn varied by beds of shrubs and flowers and by rockwork; and the edgings to the walks and beds are entirely to our mind. We recommend them as a study to every gardener about Liverpool, and their inspection to every employer of a gardener in that district, who is ambitious of having his place in the best style of keeping. The general foreman here, Mr. Dall, and the foreman of the houses and botanic ground, Mr. Smith, are most intelligent men, and they perfectly understand our ideas as to the keeping of turf edgings. The other nurseries we must leave to be described hereafter. In the mean time, we have to express our regret at having quitted Preston, Lancaster, and Annan without seeing all the nurseries at those towns. Our having seen only a part will not, we trust, be attributed to any partiality. We have been much gratified to find that the practice is very general among the trade of subscribing to this Magazine, and of lending it out to such gardeners as are their customers. Many are thus enabled to profit from it who would not otherwise see it. The contents of a borrowed book are generally treasured up with more care than those of a purchased one, because the reader knows that he will not have the book to refer to, and therefore must endeavour to remember what it contains.