Visual display of the Fragments on the theory and practice of landscape gardening : including some remarks on Grecian and Gothic architecture, collected from various manuscripts in the possession of the different noblemen and gentlemen, for whose use they were originally written : the whole tending to establish fixed principles in the respective arts


-may contain fossils, with rock plants growing amongst the
stones, and falling in festoons over them. The Vignette only
describes a bed for strawberries. Near the end of the bed a
hint is given for training gooseberries, currants, &c. to a certain
height, to bear their fruit out of the reach of children, and at
a more convenient height for full grown persons. In the gar-
dens of Holland, where such fruits are raised in great perfec-
tion, every bush, as well as every espalier, is trained by hoops,
-so as to assume the form of cups or basins, to admit the sun and
air into the interior, and ripen the fruit. Such attention gives
great neatness to a Garden, which ought always to appear trim
and artificial.
The mass of mankind may be so indifferent to the produc-
tions of a Garden, that they hardly deserve to enjoy its choicest
luxuries. There are many who would not know the difference
betwixt a peach gathered and one that had fallen from the tree;
or betwixt the strawberries plucked from the bed, or those
brought from a fruit shop, and perhaps gathered with un-
washed hands the day before.
Of all the places which I have ever seen, where perfect atten-
tion was given to the fruit, I was most struck with Woollaton,
in the time of the late Lord Middleton: the grapes were always
gathered with a portion of the stalk and leaves; and the bloom
of the plums and other fruit was preserved. from the touch of
fingers, by being cut from the trees, and dropped into the
baskets in which they were brought to table. The gooseber-
Ties and currant, as well as the grapes, were so trained, as to


admit branches, loaded with fruit and leaves, to be cat off, and
fastened to stands, with iron or wooden hoops, or led in grace-
ful festoons round the dessert, and intermixed with bouquets
of sweet smelling flowers. This may truly be called enjoying
the Luxury of a Garden.