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 Shenstone ornamental farm at The Leasowes

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Among the landmarks of the progress of the taste, we must not refuse a passing notice of what seems to have been an unique and beautiful specimen of the new feeling for embellished nature-Leasowes, the "sentimental farm" of Shenstone. From contemporary accounts, it appears to have been originally a glazing farm, from which, by tasteful arrangement and planting, and pretty walks, seats, root-house, urns, and appropriate inscriptions, the poet created a scene of much pastoral and poetical beauty. [William Shenstone called The Leasowes an ornamental farm, or ferme ornee]