The Garden Guide

Book: Gardening Tools, Equipment and Buildings
Chapter: Chapter 6: Structures used in Gardening

Steam heating for hothouses

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2050. The application of steam to the heating of hothouses appears first to have been attempted by Wakefield of Liverpool, in 1788, and afterwards effectually applied in the vault of a cucumber-house at Knowsley, in that neighbourhood, by Butler, gardener to the Earl of Derby, in 1792. It made little progress till about 1816; at which period it became fashionable, and was practised generally for some years afterwards, though now it has been completely superseded by hot water.