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

Wallingford gardening

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Wallingford. -Aug. 10. This is a comfortable little town, on the site of a Roman station. The ancient fosse forms three right-angled sides of a square, of which the Thames is the fourth. A few years ago, Wallingford was unknown in the annals of gardening; but of late it has become celebrated for florists, of whom our esteemed correspondent, the Rev. J. Tyso, constitutes the life and soul. Two other florists of eminence, whom we visited, are Mr. Allnatt, jun., the son of the mayor of the town, and Mr. Clarke, a banker. Mr. Tyso is well known by his Catalogue of Ranunculuses, one of the best which has ever been published, and of which he has just produced a new edition for the year 1833. (See IX. 612.) By this it appears that Mr. Tyso's son is possessed of the same enthusiasm for flowers as his father; and that the latter intends, in a very short time, to transfer the whole of this department of his occupations to the former. We first visited Mr. Tyso's garden, in which we found the laying of carnations in a state of forwardness; the first crop of ranunculus roots was taken up and dried; the second crop was in full foliage, but not yet showing flower stems; the collection of heartseases was beginning to fade; and the georginas, for the greater part, were in bloom. The miscellaneous collection of Mr. Tyso's garden included a select assortment of pelargoniums, a few heaths, some of the newest annuals, and several of the better sorts of roses, and other flowering, shrubs, such as the different noisettes, wistaria, chimonanthus, &c. Mr. Tyso has four gardens, of which we saw three. The fourth is a kitchen- garden. The garden of Mr. Tyso's residence may be considered that of the parsonage-house of the very respectable body (the Baptists) to which he belongs, and it is in part used as a burial-ground. It was something new to us to see peach trees arranged on the walls, and graves and tombstones in the compartments; but on expressing our surprise to the reverend occupier, he replied, that, if his congregation continued to increase as rapidly as it was now doing, the whole of his garden might be occupied in the same manner. We were much gratified to learn, from this gentleman, that though there are a number of varieties of the protestant species of Christianity in Wallingford, yet not only the members but even the clergy of the different congregations all live in perfect harmony. We sincerely hope that the period will soon arrive when all religions and all clergy shall be placed upon a footing of equality in every respect, each depending for support on his hearers; and, when this is the case, we feel certain that Christian harmony will be confirmed in such a manner that neither time nor accident shall be able to prevail against it.