The Garden Guide

Book: Fragments on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, 1816
Chapter: Fragment Xvi. Concerning Villas.

Ealing Park

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REPORT CONCERNING EALING PARK. THIS is one of the few places which still retain the importance of the last century, in the blended scenery of landscape and gardening: but the trees have outgrown their original intention. Brown, whose work this appears to have been, surrounded the whole place by a narrow belt, or screen, of plantation; and in conformity, doubtless, with the wish of its proprietor, he made a gravel-walk through the whole length of the same, notwithstanding it everywhere runs parallel to a high road, from which it is only separated by a pale: this was hid while the plantation was young; but now the trees are grown so naked and open at bottom, that the proximity of the boundary is everywhere felt; and since it would be impossible to remedy this defect, without too great a sacrifice of respectable trees in the belt, we must seek for new beauties elsewhere, and have resort to different expedients, to shew the situation to advantage. A circular drive round a place, with views only towards the interior, has little to excite our admiration, after the first two or three rounds. It is not sufficient to see the water, and the large group of trees in the lawn; they are still always out of our reach: we long to enjoy more of them; we wish not only to see them, but actually to be on the banks of the water, and under the shade of the trees: and, like Rasselas, in the happy vale of Abyssinia, we regret the confinement of this belt, and should rejoice at emancipation from the magic circle by which we are restrained. Yet the exercise and pleasure of such a length of walk is an object not to be hastily relinquished.