The Garden Guide

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

English Elizabethan gardens

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In the reign of Elizabeth "trim gardens" seem to have been in high favor. Hatfield was one of the great estates of that period, and its gardens were described as "surrounded by a piece of water, with boats rowing through alleys of well cut trees, and labarynths made with great labor. There are jets d'eau, and a summer house, with many pleasant and fair fish ponds." The Gardener's Labarynth, a work intended to direct the taste of that day (1571), gives plates of "knotts and mazes curiously handled for the beautifying of gardens."