The Garden Guide

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

William Temple garden at East Sheen

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668. At Sir William Temple's, at East Sheen, in 1666, the most remarkable things 'are his orangery and gardens, where the wall-fruit trees are most exquisitely nailed and trained, far better than I have noted any where else.' Sir William has some judicious remarks on the soils and situations of gardens, in his Essay written in 1668. He was lung ambassador at the Hague, and had the honour, as he informs us, and as Switzer confirms, of introducing some of our best peaches, apricots, cherries, and grapes.