The Garden Guide

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

Forestry in Switzerland

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415. There is little or no forest planting in Switzerland, but hedges of hawthorn are not unfrequent. The walnut is there a very common high-road tree, and in the autumnal months furnishes the pauper traveller with the principal part of his food. Poor Italians have been known to travel from Naples and Venice to Geneva on the fruits and vegetables they gather from the roadsides. They begin with Indian corn and grapes, which they steal from the fields, till they arrive at Milan, and the rest of the road they depend on walnuts, filberts, and apples.