The Garden Guide

Book: A treatise on the theory and practice of landscape gardening, adapted to North America,1841
Chapter: Section I. Historical Sketches.

Addison and the modern style of gardening

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THE MODERN STYLE. Down to the time of Addison, in the beginning of the eighteenth century, the formal style reigned triumphant. The gardener, the architect, and the sculptor-all lovers of regularity and symmetry, had retained complete mastery of its arrangements. And it is worthy of more than a passing remark, that when the change in taste did take place, it emanated from the poet, the painter, and the tasteful scholar, rather than from the practical man.