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LONDON, George & Henry WISE. A source on contemporary horticultural practice and garden design influenced by French models. Including a list of fruits and a catalogue of seeds available at the celebrated Brompton Nursery owned by the authors
The retir’d gardener. In six parts.
London, J. Tonson, 1717. The retir’d gardener. In six parts. The two first being dialogues between a gentleman and gardener. Containing the methods of making . and improving a fruit and kitchen-garden . The four last parts treat of the manner of . adorning gardens; explaining the art of making and disposing of parterres, arbours or greens, wood-works, arches, columns and other compartments proper for the most beautiful gardens and plantations. London, J. Tonson, 1717. 8vo. [16] + 432 + 8p. Engraved frontispiece by M. van der Gucht after L. Laguerre, 20 engraved plates, woodcuts in text. Contemporary decorative panelled calf; lower spine strengthened. A rich source of information on contemporary horticultural practice, and garden design much influenced by French models. London and Wise owned the celebrated Brompton Park nursery from circa 1688 to 1714, and supplied most of the large estates with plants and trees; the nursery was highly recommended by John Evelyn. Wise was ‘master gardener’to Queen Anne, whilst London travelled the country giving advice on gardens including Chatsworth, Longleat and Castle Howard. The present work is advertised as a translation of two French works (those of François Gentil and Louis Liger) but with ‘several alterations and additions proper for our English culture’. This second edition revised by Joseph Carpenter who became a partner in the nursery in 1714, gives more details of English practice, tree-planting schemes and fruit preferences than the first published 1706 edition, and is considered of more use to the real gardener. There is a list … [Click Below for Full Description]
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