The Garden Guide

Book: Fragments on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, 1816
Chapter: Fragment XvII. Of A Garden Near Oporto.

Lawns in Portugal

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Secondly. That which peculiarly distinguishes the gardens of England is the beauty of English verdure: the grass of the mown lawn, uniting with the grass of the adjoining pastures, and presenting that permanent verdure which is the natural consequence of our soft and humid climate, but unknown to the cold regions of the north, or the parching temperature of the south. This it is impossible to enjoy in Portugal to any great extent; where it would be as practicable to cover the general surface with the snow of Lapland, as with the verdure of England-I mean naturally; yet, artificially, it may be effected, on a small scale, by shade and irrigation; some hint, therefore, will be given for producing this effect, if only as a specimen of English verdure.