The Garden Guide

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

Cottage gardening in England

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700. Almost every cottage in England has its appendant garden, larger or smaller, and slovenly or neatly managed, according to circumstances. In the best districts of England, the principal culinary vegetables, some salads, herbs, flowers, and fruits, are cultivated; and in the remote parts of Scotland, at least potatoes and borecoles are planted. Tradesmen and operative manufacturers, who have a permanent interest in their cottages, have generally the best cottage-gardens; and many of them, especially at Norwich, Manchester, and Paisley, excel in the culture of florists' flowers.