The Garden Guide

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

Horticultural science in Holland

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6. Dutch Gardening, as a Science, and in respect to the Authors it has produced 203. Horticulture, as a science, has been less cultivated in the Netherlands than in Italy or France. The botanists of the country were not among the first to advance the study of physiology, nor have any of their practical men appeared with the science of a Quintinie or a Miller. �The patience and riches,� Bosc observes, �which produced to high a degree of florimania in Holland, might have been usefully employed in advancing vegetable physiology; but science owes nothing to the Dutch in this branch.� At the present time, however, when science is so rapidly and so universally spread, the learned in the Netherlands are unquestionably on a footing with those of other countries.