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HYLAND Today the Syon Park Garden Centre, built around the 16th century stable block, sells top quality growing stock, garden furniture, houseplants and books. Visitors to Syon may not have the fabulous means to inhabit a Syon of their own, but the Garden Centre provides them with tools and plants to plot out, in miniature, an Arcadia of one's own. To end with the American author with whom we began, here are Thomas Jefferson's remarks on the unparalleled joy of possessing and working a fertile patch of land: "I have often thought that if heaven had given me choice of my position & calling, it should have been on a rich spot of earth, well watered, and near a good market for the productions of the garden…tho'an old man, I am but a young gardener." H

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