The Garden Guide

Bacon, Francis

Born - Died : 1561 - 1626

A philosopher, scientist and Lord Chancellor of England, Francis Bacon wrote a famous book of Essays (1625) which included an essay On Gardens. It started with the remark that 'God Almighty first planted a garden' and gave advice on garden design. In essence he advocated the Enclosed Style of the Italian renaissance. Francis Bacon's criticism of medieval knot gardens and praise for a wild garden, of 6 acres and with native flowers, became influential a century after his death. Bacon's essay On Gardens is on the CD.

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