The Garden Guide

Book: History of Garden Design and Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 4: British Gardens (1100-1830)

Botanic gardening in Scotland

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2. Gardening in Scotland, in respect to Botanic Gardens, and the Culture of Flowers and Plants of Ornament 643. A taste for florists' flowers, it is conjectured, was first introduced into Scotland by the French weavers who took refuge in that country in the seventeenth century, and were established in a row of houses, called Picardy Row, in the suburbs of Edinburgh. It seems to have spread with the apprentices of these men to Dunfermline, Glasgow, Paisley, and other places: for in Scotland, as in England, it may be remarked, that wherever the silk, linen, or cotton manufactures are carried on by manual labour, the operators are found to possess a taste for, and to occupy part of their leisure time in, the culture of flowers.