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Glossary

Walled gardens

An ornamental, or more usually kitchen, garden where plants are grown in the middle of a brick walled enclosure, as part of a country house. They usually face south to catch most of the sun's light. The walls allow the shelter of the plants, as well as a side for supporting glasshouses and sometimes may have internal heating flues, like a hypocaust, from a controlled fire in a corner. Such heat is dispersed against winter frosts, allowing Mediterranean style plants to be grown.

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