The Garden Guide

Book: Fragments on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, 1816
Chapter: Fragment Xxi. From A Report Concerning Frome House, Dorsetshire.

Frome House, boundary

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Thirdly. Where a property is bounded by a natural river, it is surely advisable to take advantage of so interesting a feature; especially where islands, or brushwood on the opposite shore, prevent any nuisance or intrusion from a neighbour; but, at present, the shores appear more wet and swampy than they really are, from the willows and aquatic plants, which have been suffered to grow, in preference to the alders, which have, not improperly, been called, "the aquatic oak." But when new channels are dug, and the ground raised on the island, it will be found capable of bearing all sorts of trees and shrubs, which will do away the present apparent swampiness of the shores.