The Garden Guide

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

Consulate horticulture in France

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268. French horticulture, during the consulate and the empire, gained but little ground. Agriculture, however, was materially improved during the same period, in consequence of the attention bestowed upon it by men of science, such as Chaptal, &c, and by commercial men and others, as capitalists. Bonaparte, it is said, scarcely ever had a pineapple on his table during the whole time that he was at the head of the government of France; and we were informed that there were scarcely any forced productions, excepting mushrooms and salading, brought to the Parisian markets during his sway.