Mount Edgecumbe’s French garden.

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An 1830, description of the French Garden at Mount Edgecumbe, Cornwall.

The French Garden is laid out in a tasteful and ingenious manner. A hedge of oak, bay, and myrtle includes a square area, arranged as parterre, ornamented in the centre by a jet d’ eau, and surrounded by trellis work, forming arches festooned with numerous species of fragrant plants. One side of the garden is occupied by an elegant octagonal room, prettily furnished, and opened into conservatories. On the removal at the back of the apartment, a beautiful antique statue of Meleager is discovered, backed by a mirror, which reflects every part of the garden, creating the pleasing illusion of a cameraobscura.  The garden also contains a statue of Mercury which has a very attractive appearance when beheld through the opening of the leafy arches. Here is also a remarkably fine magnolia, opposite to which is a votive urn, erected in memory of the late Countess of Mount Edgecumbe who died in 1806.

Near the French garden, on a point of land which commands a diversified view of Devonport, Stonehouse, the Dock-Yard and Harbour, is a small alcove, denominated “Thomson’s Seat, in homer of the poet of the “Sessons.” guest house near mount edgecumbe

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