The Garden Guide

Book: C.M Villiers Stuart Gardens of the Great Mughals
Chapter: Chapter 3 The Gardens of the Taj Mahal

Genius of the place in garden design

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Choice of site, and the genius of the place, are the first considerations of a garden-maker everywhere. Nowhere are they more essential than in the case of an Indian garden, where the success, of the great enclosure depends largely on the lie of the land enabling the builder to substitute a terrace and retaining wall for one of the four high encircling ramparts. This change of plan gives to the garden that double charm of complete seclusion and a wide prospect over the world without the walls. [See note on Genius Loci]