The Garden Guide

Book: Gardening tours by J.C. Loudon 1831-1842
Chapter: Villa of Mrs. Lawrence, at Drayton Green, in 1838

Drayton Green Remarks

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Remarks. This villa may be considered as a model of its particular kind; and, though it may not be in the power of many to imitate it in every thing, yet the humblest and most economical possessor of a villa residence of two acres may take a lesson from Mrs. Lawrence's taste, as displayed in the manner in which the trees and shrubs are grouped on the lawn. Every one cannot have so many fountains, or form rockwork of spars, fossil organic remains, and other geological specimens brought from distant parts of the country; but every one may sink in the ground a few small wooden cisterns lined with lead, and supply them with water by hand, as it evaporates in the summer season. Some of these may serve as brilliant spots to attract the eye, and others as habitats for aquatic plants.