An 1830 ‘s historian’s description of the italian garden in Mount Edgecumbe.

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An 1830 historian’s description of the Italian Garden at Mount Edgecumbe, Cornwall.

At the bottom of the lawn, close to the waters edge are the Flower Gardens, cultivated in the English, French, and Italian styles. In the Italian Garden which is planted with evergreens of the rarest description, divided into sections by gravel walks, all radiating from a superb marble fountain in the centre from which a jet d’eau rises to a considerable height, presenting a remarkably pleasing effect. The bason from which the jet ascends is of marble, and is supported on the heads of four tastefully carved cariatides standing on a pedestal. This garden is chiefly charactised by long avenues of odoriferous orange trees, which is winter are removed for protection to a noble Doric building; 100 feet long and proportionably high and wide. This spot also contains several statues of modern workmanship among them is a bust of Ariosto.

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