The Garden Guide

Book: History of Garden Design and Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 5: Gardens in Asia, America, Africa, Australia

History of gardening outside Europe

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CHAPTER V. Of the present State of Gardening in Ultra- European Countries 726. The gardens of the old continents are either original, or borrowed from modern Europe. With the exception of China, the gardens of every other country in Asia, Africa, and America may be comprised under two heads: the aboriginal gardens, displaying little design or culture, except in the gardens of rulers and chiefs; and the gardens of European settlers, displaying something of the design and culture of their respective countries. Thus the gardening of the interior of Asia, like the manners of the inhabitants, is the same, or nearly the same, now, as it was 3000 years ago; that of North America is British; and that of almost all the commercial cities in the world, except those of China, is European, and generally either Dutch, French, or English. We shall notice, in succession, the principal countries in Asia, Africa, America, the West India Islands, and Australia.