The Garden Guide

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

Villa near a common

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REPORT CONCERNING A VILLA NEAR A COMMON, IN THE NORTH OF ENGLAND. THE scenery and situations which I have been called in to improve, are not more diversified than are the characters of those to whom they belong; and were I to relate the difficulties attending my endeavours to meet the wishes of all my friends, this volume might, perhaps, be deemed a libel. Some, who never meant to follow my advice, or even to do anything to their places, would be offended if no notice were taken of them: while others, who have literally realized all I suggested, would be equally offended if their places were named; but, in these times, when the landed property of the country is changing with every generation, I shall sometimes venture to allude to subjects where great improvement has been proposed, and, in many cases, actually carried into effect, without incurring the resentment of my friends from mentioning them by name.