The Garden Guide

Book: A treatise on the theory and practice of landscape gardening, adapted to North America,1841
Chapter: Appendix. II. Description of an English Suburban residence, CHESHUNT COTTAGE.

Cheshunt Cottage in London 17

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The masses of trees and shrubs are chiefly on the mount near the lake, and along the margin which shuts out the kitchen-garden; and in these places they are planted in the gardenesque manner, so as to produce irregular groups of trees, with masses of evergreen and deciduous shrubs as undergrowth, intersected by glades of turf. They are scattered over the general surface of the lawn, so as to produce a continually varying effect, as viewed from the walks; and so as to disguise the boundary, and prevent the eye from seeing from one extremity of the grounds to the other, and thus ascertain their extent. The only points at which the lawn is seen directly across from the drawing-room window are in the direction of l and m, Fig. 13, in pp. 510, 511; but, through these openings, the grass field beyond appears united with the lawn; so that the extent thus given to the views from the drawing-room windows is of the greatest assistance to the character of the place, with reference to extent. From every other part of the grounds, the views across the lawn are interrupted by some tree, bush, or object which conceals the boundary; or, if the boundary is seen on one side, as in passing along the walk from 16 by 18 to 22, there is ample space on the lawn side to keep up the idea of extent.