The Garden Guide

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

Count Rumford English Garden

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334. The public gardens of Bavaria are numerous and extensive. Count Rumford's English garden, at Munich, is unquestionably the finest thing of the kind in Germany. Even the public roads form a species of promenade, being everywhere lined with fruit or forest trees; and where the milestones occur, they are, on several roads, placed in the radius of a semicircle of turf, surrounded by a bench of stone, and shaded by trees. The duty of ornamenting the country, by planting and otherwise improving the sides of the public roads, and by widening the streets, and raising the character of the architecture of the towns, is delegated by government to an especial commissioner, whose labours are published from time to time in a journal, entitled Landsverschonerung, &c. The Chinese Tower, the Paradise, Tivoli, and Kleinhesellohe are parts of the English garden at Munich; and Biederstein, the summer seat of the queen dowager, is also within its precincts.