Edwardian (Horti)culture 11: The Spice of Adventure

'The Garden City, Letchworth', by Spencer Gore, 1913 (First Garden City Heritage Museum)

‘The Garden City, Letchworth’, by Spencer Gore, 1913 (First Garden City Heritage Museum)

‘For small suburban gardens, where it is not possible to achieve water ampitheatres or even terrace-walks, it will yet be possible to gain a different level in the garden by having recourse to another plan. A flight of wooden, rather ladder-like steps can lead up to a gallery surrounding a portion of the trunk of a tree. This, if the tree chances to be large and overshadowing, will give a very delightful retreat, in which the family can do their reading and writing. There is something that recalls the Swiss Family Robinson about it, and this feeling of a spice of adventure is all the more enjoyable’ (Viscountess Frances Wolseley, Gardens, Their Form and Design, 1919).

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