The Garden Guide

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

Tree belts in landscape gardening

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In many parts of the union, where new residences are being formed, or where old ones are to be improved, the grounds will often be found, partially, or to a considerable extent, clothed with belts or masses of wood, either previously planted, or preserved from the woodman's axe. How easily we may turn these to advantage in the natural style of Landscape Gardening; and by judicious trimming when too thick, or additions when too much scattered, elicit often the happiest effects, in a magical manner ! In the accompanying sketch (fig. 19), the reader will recognise a portrait of a hundred familiar examples, existing with us, of the places of persons of considerable means and intelligence, where the house is not less meagre than the stiff approach leading to it, bordered with a formal belt of trees. The succeeding sketch (fig. 20) exhibits this place as improved agreeably to the principles of modern Landscape Gardening, not only in the plantations, but in the house,-which appears tastefully altered from a plain unmeaning parallelogram, to a simple, old English cottage,- and in the more graceful approach. Effects like these are within the reach of very moderate means, and are peculiarly worth attention in this country, where so much has already been partially, and often badly executed.