The Garden Guide

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

Lord Francis Bacon on garden design

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Lord Bacon attempted to reform the national taste during this reign, but apparently with little immediate success. He wished still to retain shorn trees and hedges, but proposed winter or evergreen gardens, and rude or neglected spots, as specimens of wild nature. "As for the making of knots or figures," says he, "with divers colored earths, they be but toys. I do not like images cut out in juniper or other garden stuff: they are for children."* (*Encyclop�dia of Gardening.)