The Garden Guide

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

William and Mary gardening

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The period of William and Mary's reign was remarkable for no great deviation from this style, except perhaps in substituting partially the Dutch formalities-such as iron trellis-work, clipped yews, and a greater profusion of verdant sculpture. Embroidered parterres and vegetable sculpture are said indeed to have arrived at their highest perfection in this period, or towards the year 1700; and we may get a good notion of the subjects most in vogue, by an extract from Pope's keen satire, written as late as 1713 (in the early part of Anne's reign), when it was beginning to get into disrepute.