The Garden Guide

Book: London Parks and Gardens, 1907
Chapter: Chapter 12 Historical Gardens

Lambeth Palace Gardens

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A short account of the principal gardens near London, written by Gibson in 1691, describes that of Lambeth Palace. It "has," he says, "little in it but walks, the late Archbishop [Sancroft] not delighting in" gardens, "but they are now making them better; and they have already made a green-house, one of the finest and costliest about the town. It is of three rooms, the middle having a stove under it;... but it is placed so near Lambeth Church, that the sun shines most on it in winter after eleven o'clock, a fault owned by the gardener, but not thought of by the contrivers. Most of the greens are oranges and lemons, which have very large ripe fruit on them." The Archbishop who thus took the garden in hand was Tillotson, and it is not surprising to find him adopting that keenness for gardening and the cultivation of "greens" brought into fashion by William III.