The Garden Guide

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

English tea gardens

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596. Tea gardens are to be found in the neighbourhood of all towns; though, till of late, they have been of so very humble a description as almost to escape notice. It deserves to be mentioned in this place, that Abercrombie, the author of Every Man his Own Gardener, published soon after the middle of the last century,-a work which has had an extraordinary influence in spreading a knowledge of and taste for gardening,- at one time kept a tea garden between London and Hampstead. If we are not greatly mistaken, the time is rapidly approaching, when gardens of this description will assume an extent, a splendour, and an interest, of which few at present can form an adequate idea.