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

Stourhead upkeep

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It is but justice to state that every part of Stourhead was uniformly well kept; not in what is entitled to be called high keeping, because the edges of the walks and roads were harsh and disagreeable, and some things were going to decay; but, with these exceptions, we have no fault to find. What highly gratified us was, to see as much attention paid to the public road, and roadside without the entrance arch, and thence to the inn, the steward's house, the cottages, and the church, as is paid to the grounds within the pleasure-ground fence. The flower-gardens to the line of cottages opposite the church are as well planted, and nicely kept, as the flower-beds on any gentleman's lawn.