The Garden Guide

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

Gardens of Sceaux

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240. The Garden of Sceaux (a plan of which (fig. 66.) we had taken by a Parisian land-surveyor) is situated in the village of that name, about six miles from Paris; and is formed from part of the remains of the grounds belonging to the magnificent chateau of the Due de Penthievres, which was destroyed at the first revolution. It is principally resorted to as a place of dancing, on Sundays and other holidays, and is well calculated for that purpose, from the openness of its areas of turf in some places, and of smooth sand in others. There is besides an open pavilion, or salle de danse, for use during inclement weather or hot sunshine.