How to Lay Out a Garden: Intended as a General Guide in Choosing, Forming, Or Improving an Estate, (from a Quarter of an Acre to a Hundred Acres in Extent,) with Reference to Both Design and Execution (Google eBook)

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Bradbury and Evans, 1864 - Gardens - 428 pages
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Page iii - A THING of beauty is a joy for ever : Its loveliness increases ; it will never Pass into nothingness ; but still will keep A bower quiet for us, and a sleep Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.
Page 89 - Art should be pretty obviously expressed in that part of every garden which is in the immediate vicinity of the house, and may sometimes retain its prominence throughout the whole place. In the latter case, terraces, straight lines of walks, avenues of trees or shrubs, rows of flowerbeds, and geometrical figures, with all kinds of architectural ornaments, will prevail. Considerable dignity of character may certainly thus be acquired ; and, if well sustained, the expression of high art will be a very...
Page 274 - Any great elevation should never be sought in small rockeries. This would be inconsistent with their breadth, and would render them too prominent and artificial. They should not be carried higher than the point at which they can be well supported and backed with a broad mass of earth and vegetation. Additional height may sometimes be given, if desired, by excavating into a hollow the base from which they spring.
Page 47 - They serve to make it appear peculiarly one's own, converting it into a kind of sanctum. A place that has neither of these qualities, might almost as well be public property. Those who love their garden, often want to walk, work, ruminate, read, romp, or examine the various changes and developments of Nature, in it ; and to do so unobserved. All that attaches us to a garden, and renders it a delightful and cherished object, seems dashed and marred, if it has no privacy.
Page 394 - ... the plants out of the ground as short a time as possible; and the roots should be preserved and spread out with the utmost care. A...
Page 172 - Gardening and architecture, like all the fine arts, have much in common. And that department of architecture which belongs more exclusively to the garden has, especially, a great affinity with gardening in its broader principles. In fact, there is much more relation between the two than is usually admitted, or than the ordinary products of practitioners in either art would at all justify us in believing.
Page 28 - ... attained. One thing after another is, at different times, observed and liked, in some similar place that is visited, and each is successively wished to be transferred to the observer's own garden, without regard to its fitness for the locality, or its relation to what has previously been done.
Page 273 - No appearance of art and no approach to the regularity or smoothness proper to works of art will be at all in place here. On the contrary, the surface of the whole cannot be too irregular or too variedly indented or prominent. An additional projection must be given to some of the parts by moderate-sized bushes, or short-stemmed weeping trees. Evergreen shrubs or low trees will be particularly useful. Provision will therefore have to be made in the placing of the stones for planting a few shrubs and...
Page 30 - An undue introduction of sculptured or other figures, vases, seats, and arbours, baskets for plants, and such like objects, would come within the limits of this description. And there is nothing of which people in general are so intolerant in others, as the attempt, when glaringly and injudiciously made, to crowd within a confined space the appropriate adornments of the most ample gardens. It is invariably taken as evidence of a desire to appear to be and to possess that which the reality of the...
Page 117 - It does not reject straight lines entirely near the house, or in connection with a flower garden, a rosary, or a subordinate building as a greenhouse that has a separate piece of garden to it. Nor does it refuse to borrow from the picturesque in regard to the arrangement and grouping of plants. It is a blending of art with nature, an attempt to interfuse the two, or to produce something intermediate between the pure state of either, which shall combine the vagaries of the one with the regularity...

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