The Garden Guide

Book: A treatise on the theory and practice of landscape gardening, adapted to North America,1841
Chapter: Section X. Embellishments; Architectural, Rustic, and Floral

Rustic seats for cottage residences

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We consider rustic seats and structures as likely to be much preferred in the villa and cottage residences of the country. They have the merit of being tasteful and picturesque in their appearance, and are easily constructed by the amateur, at comparatively little or no expense. There is scarcely a prettier or more pleasant object for the termination of a long walk in the pleasure-grounds or park, than a neatly thatched structure of rustic work, with its seat for repose, and a view of the landscape beyond. On finding such an object, we are never tempted to think that there has been a lavish expenditure to serve a trifling purpose, but are gratified to see the exercise of taste and ingenuity, which completely answers the end in view. Figure 82 is an example of a simple rustic seat formed of the crooked and curved branches of the oak, elm, or any other of our forest trees. Fig. 83 is a seat of the same character, made at the foot of a tree, whose overhanging branches afford a fine shade.