The Garden Guide

Book: Fragments on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, 1816
Chapter: Fragment III. On Fences Near The House.

Flower gardens for palaces

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A magnificent palace ought not (like many that might be mentioned) to stand in a grass field, exposed to cattle, which are apt to take shelter near the building, and even to enter it, where there is no fence to prevent them; but a terrace, or balustrade, marks the line of separation. The inside of the inclosure may be decorated with flowers; and we feel a degree of security for them and for ourselves, by knowing that there is a sufficient fence to protect both. This, which I consider a very important part of my own practice, with regard to the fence near a house, will be found elucidated by many of the sketches relating to other matter, in the course of these Fragments [see fig. 159].