The Garden Guide

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

Floral processions

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126.On occasions of public rejoicing, flowers are also much used in Italy. Favourite princes and generals are received into towns, and even villages, through triumphal arches decorated with flowers; and the ground is also sometimes strewed with them. The lives of Bonaparte, Murat, and Beauharnois afford many examples. At Milan, a very gay city, flowers are greatly prized; and in the winter season are procured from the peculiarly warm and ever verdant gardens between Genoa and Nervi. A louis-d'or, we were informed, is sometimes paid for a single nosegay. During the carnival the demand is great throughout Italy.