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

Nuneham Courtenay flower garden

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The flower-garden is now overgrown with elms and other common trees; the number of the flower-beds is reduced, and the shapes of most of those remaining have been altered. The covered seats are either removed, or in a dilapidated state, and the same may be said of the statues, busts, and therms. Nevertheless, we recognised the scene at once, by the three low arched entrances of a small summer-house. This spot is no longer fit for growing flowers, from its being now too much under the shade of lofty trees. Extensive architectural alterations have been made in and about the house and offices, and improvements in the kitchen-garden have just been commenced, by doing first what is too frequently left to be done last, viz. building a good gardener's house.