The Garden Guide

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

English market gardening

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709. Market-gardens and orchards are numerous, especially round the metropolis, and their productions are unequalled, or at least not surpassed, by any gardens in the world, public or private. Forcing is carried on extensively in these gardens, and the pine cultivated in abundance, and to great perfection. Their produce is daily exposed in different markets and shops; so that every citizen of London may, throughout the year, purchase the same luxuries as the queen or as the most wealthy proprietors have furnished from their own gardens, and obtain for a few shillings what the wealth of Cr£sus could not procure in any other country! a striking proof what commerce will effect for the industrious. Some gardens are devoted to the raising of garden-seeds for the seed merchants, and others to the growing of herbs and flowers for the chemist or distiller.