The Garden Guide

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

Elba Garden Design

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104.The island of Elba received an impulse of general improvement at the time of its occupation by the English, in 1792. All the good houses have been built since that period, before which it contained only mud cottages. Elba has, however, even now little to boast of in the way of gardening as an art of design and taste. Napoleon's country house, at San Martino, is two stories high, with a broad flat terrace in front, com-manding, through a valley filled with vines, a distant view of the harbour of Porto Fer-rajo. (Williams's Travels, &c.)