The Garden Guide

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

Neuilly garden design

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224. The park of Neuilly, which was the private property of Louis Philippe when Duke of Orleans, was, in 1840, an extensive place with a flat surface, but rather too much cut up with walks, roads, and trees, so that there was no breadth of effect anywhere. The house was approached by carriages on both fronts; a practice general on the, continent, but happily rare in England, because it strikes at the root of all privacy and seclusion. The road to the principal entrance front at Neuilly was a straight avenue between two straight parallel beds of flowers, which, in the summer months, were mostly filled with geraniums, petunias, dahlias, and standard roses. This place was seriously injured, and the chateau burnt, during the revolution of 1848.