The Garden Guide

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

Twelth century English gardens

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548. In the time of Henry II. (1154 to 1189), Fitzstephen, it is observed by Daines Barrington, states, that the citizens of London had gardens to their villas, 'large, beautiful, and planted with trees.' In De Cerceau's Architecture, published in the time of Henry III., there is scarcely a ground-plot not laid out as a parterre or a labyrinth.