The Garden Guide

Book: Gardening tours by J.C. Loudon 1831-1842
Chapter: Middlesex, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Wilshire, Dorsetshire, Hampshire, Sussex, and Kent in the Summer of 1832

Elcot Park Garden

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Elcot Park displays an even, featureless surface, sloping to the south, surrounded by a wall of flints, and very imperfectly varied within by clumps and single trees. The house is, we believe, exceedingly comfortable in the interior; but it has a very commonplace appearance externally, and the walks about it appeared to us arranged without sufficient regard to simplicity and dignity. There is a good kitchen-garden, and a most excellent gardener's house. Mr. Whale, the gardener here, has removed a whole wall of full-grown pear trees, taking up all their roots, and planting them in puddle. In front of these, he has, first, a border, 3 ft. wide, which he never crops; next, a grass walk, of 2 ft; and, lastly, a border, of 6 ft., which he crops very slightly.