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main image Farmhouse garden, Muriespot, Fife
Domestic gardens represent a mixture of the essential – in food crops, and the ornamental – in hedges, bushes, lawns and flowering plants. For ordinary folk, the emphasis before the 19th century would have been on food, grown in a kailyard.

The formal layout of this farmhouse garden is a hand-me-down from the gardens of country mansions of the 17th and early 18th centuries. This formal style came back into fashion in the early 20th century.

Greenhouses with glass walls and roofs were an 18th century innovation. It was not until after the abolition of the Glass Tax, in 1845, that they became affordable to the middle classes.

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