How to lay out a garden (Google eBook)

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Page v - 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 95 - 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 279 - 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 49 - Few characteristics of a garden contribute more to render it agreeable than snugness and seclusion. 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...
Page 387 - ... 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.
Page 177 - 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 179 - ... garden. It is less a matter of rule and measurement. Its effects are more to be judged of by the eye. It comprehends a far greater variety of combinations. It requires a man to be as much an artist (at least in feeling) as an architect, and to be familiar with natural groupings and tones, to take in an entire landscape in the range of his design, and not merely isolated or detached objects. In fact the garden architect has to make a general picture and not simply to set a work of art, as...
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 40 - ... materials of nature, without striving to jumble together things that can have no possible correspondence or relationship. Everything partaking of the nature of a sham, also, that is wanting in real excellence, will be discarded by persons desiring to obtain credit for correct taste.
Page 124 - 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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