The Garden Guide

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

Parisian roof gardening

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235. There are numerous small town gardens in Paris, and many houses have gardens of pots on their roof's. In a work entitled Le Jardinier des Fenetres, the author directs how a considerable collection of plants may be grown on the roofs of houses. Not only botany, he says, but many of the operations of gardening, such as planting, sowing, grafting, striking by cuttings, pruning, training, &c., may be thus taught, so as to give persons who pass their youth in towns in acquiring an independency, such a knowledge of country matters as may lead them to retire there, when the objects of their industry have been obtained. There are also town gardens entirely of an architectural character. One of the handsomest of these which we happened to see in 1828, was that of a young architect, who unfortunately spent his whole fortune in creating it. The garden was in a dilapidated state; but the house (fig. 64.) was in tolerable repair.