The Garden Guide

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

Kew Gardens Horticulture

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669. At Kew Gardens in 1678 (Memoirs, vol. ii. p. 17.), 'Sir Henry Capel has the choicest plantation of fruit in England, as he is the most industrious and most understanding in it.' Daines Barrington (Archï¾µologia, vol. viii. p. 122.) considers Lord Capel to have been the first person of consequence in England, who was at much expense in his gardens, having brought over with him many new fruits from France.