The Garden Guide

Book: A treatise on the theory and practice of landscape gardening, adapted to North America,1841
Chapter: Section III. On Wood.

Symmetrical uniformity in ancient style woods

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Symmetrical uniformity governed with despotic power even the trees and foliage, in the ancient style. In the more simple country residences, the plantations were always arranged in some regular lines or geometrical figures. Long parallel rows of trees were planted for groves and avenues along the principal roads and walks. The greatest care was taken to avoid any appearance of irregularity. A tree upon one side of the house was opposed by another vis a vis, and a row of trees at the right of the mansion had its always accompanying row on the left: or, as Pope in his Satire has more rhythmically expressed it- "Grove nods at grove, each alley has its brother, And half the platform just reflects the other."