The Garden Guide

Book: A treatise on the theory and practice of landscape gardening, adapted to North America,1841
Chapter: Section VII. Treatment of Ground-Formation of Walks

Formation of ground, sweeps and undulations

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In the next place, the improver will examine the formation of the ground, as it appears naturally. If too rugged,-the sweeps and undulations sometimes easy and beautiful, but at others hard and disconnected,-he will endeavor to soften and remove this inequality. This will be easily executed if some of the eminences are broken into too high, sudden, and abrupt hills, by carefully lowering them into more graceful elevations, and placing the superfluous earth in the adjacent hollows: proper regard being paid to portions of the scene already pleasing, by producing such a surface as will connect itself naturally with the same, when the improvements shall be entirely completed.