The Garden Guide

Book: Gardening tours by J.C. Loudon 1831-1842
Chapter: Northern England and Southern Scotland in 1841

Valleyfield Garden

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Valleyfield, Lady Preston, is, we believe, the only seat in Scotland where Mr. Repton was employed. He did not visit the country himself, but sent, as we have heard the late Mr. Nasmyth say, who was also employed there, his two sons. The kitchen-garden is on a sloping bank, and exhibited at one time a fine display of terraces, fruit trees, and ornamental borders; but the whole is now comparatively neglected, and some of the terrace walls have actually fallen down. In the plantations are some black Italian poplars, planted in 1803, which have attained the height of 100 ft., with trunks 3 ft. in diameter; and there are very large balsam poplars, some of them 60 ft. high. The white poplar has also attained an incredible size; the soil being deep, rich, and moist, and the situation sheltered.