The Garden Guide

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

Fynnes Morrison on gardens

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617. In the time of Queen Elizabeth, Fynnes Morrison, 'a minute observer,' travelled through that kingdom. He does not once mention a garden as appertaining either to a castle or to a monastery; he only observes, 'that the best sorts of flowers and fruits are much rarer in Ireland than in England; which, notwithstanding, is more to be attributed to the inhabitants than to the ayre.' In an inedited account of a Tour in 1634, also quoted by Walker ( Trans. R. I. A.), Bishop Usher's palace is said to have a 'pretty neat garden.'