The Garden Guide

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

First rate British gardens

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704. The first-rate gardens of Britain belong chiefly to the extensive landholders; but in part also to wealthy commercial men. The kitchen-gardens of this class may include from three to twelve acres, the flower-garden from two to ten acres, the pleasure-ground from twenty to one hundred acres, and the park from five hundred to five thousand acres. Except in the cases of minority, absence of the family, or pecuniary embarrassments, these gardens are kept up in good style. They are managed by intelligent head-gardeners, with assistants for the different departments, and apprentices and journeymen as operatives. A few of such residences are to be found in almost every county of England, in most of those in Scotland, and occasionally in Ireland.