The Garden Guide

Book: History of Garden Design and Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 3: European Gardens (500AD-1850)

Bourbon floriculture

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252.With the restoration of the Bourbons, in 1814, commenced the introduction of immense quantities of rare and new plants from England; and a great stimulus was thus given to botany and floriculture throughout France. The flower market, which was established during the empire, now displayed in abundance plants formerly considered rare; and the number of commercial florists increased in proportion. The Paris garden, however, has declined since this period, from a diminution of the funds allowed for its maintenance. Private gardens, on the other hand, have rapidly improved both in botanical riches and floral beauty. We shall notice some of the principal gardens devoted to botany, or the culture of flowers; and commence with the public botanical establishments.