The Garden Landscape Guide

Book: History of Garden Design and Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 3: European Gardens (500AD-1850)

Sceaux garden design

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241.The plan of the garden of Sceaux may be considered a very good representative of all others of the festive kind in France; for the forms and dispositions of architectural art are but few, and they necessarily produce great sameness when compared with the unlimited forms of nature, or even with the imitations of those forms. But for a festive garden, the variety and intricacy of natural scenery is by no means so well adapted as the simple and determinate forms, and the ample space, of the geometric or architectural style. Hence it is that, by a species of instinct, the result of necessity, this style has been adopted, at least as far as we know, in all the gardens of this description in Europe.