The Garden Guide

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

French court gardeners

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294. The court and national gardeners have, for the last thirty years, been men eminent for scientific and practical knowledge; who have received a regular education, and rank with other crown officers. It is not there as in England, where too frequently the royal situations have been occupied by mere empirical practitioners, recommended by some court favourite, or succeeding by the common chances of life.