The Garden Guide

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

James I and Stuart gardens

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During the reign of James I. many fine country seats were either created or improved. Both the descriptions and the engravings of gardens of that period agree in placing before us grounds surrounded by high walls, divided into regular squares, compartments, or parterres, and ornamented with all kinds of trained and clipped trees, interspersed with statues-and, in the finest examples, not omitting that delightful puzzle of the time a "labarynth."