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

Improvement of picturesque ground surfaces

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The improvement of picturesque surfaces must proceed in a similar manner. When a surface is naturally and truly picturesque, art will add little or nothing to its effect. It will rather therefore endeavor to produce a perfect whole, and a connexion between the various parts, than to disturb the existing features. In the vicinity of the house, the artist will soften down that boldness and inequality which, if too great, might interfere both with convenience and the beauty of utility, which must there be constantly kept in view. Otherwise, the beauty of picturesque surfaces may be often heightened by various means within our reach; such as increasing the abruptness of surface by taking away a few feet of earth, or by adding other picturesque irregularities, which by connexion may strengthen the expression of the whole.