The Garden Guide

Book: History of Garden Design and Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 1: Gardens and Governments

Gardening in a commercial society

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951. In those states of society, where commerce is a leading pursuit, and property is irregularly distributed among all classes; where there are wealthy, rich, and thriving citizens, and where the comforts of life are known and relished by every class, gardening is likely to prosper in all its branches. The first-rate gardens of the wealthy will be an example to the rich, act as a premium to operative gardeners and artists, and encourage commercial gardens. The fine gardens displayed by the wealthy commercialist will act as a stimulus to the independent gentleman, too apt to be stationary in his improvements. The retired tradesman will aspire to the same excellence as the merchant, and stimulate him in his turn. Cottage-gardens will be found real ornaments to the country, and will supply useful food and agreeable fruits to the labouring class of society, who, as they become more enlightened, will prefer employing their leisure hours in this way, rather than in grosser pleasures or habits.