The Garden Guide

Book: Fragments on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, 1816
Chapter: Fragment Xxvi. Extract From A Recent Report Of A Place Near The Capital.

Symmetrical villa gardens

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When every villa had its little symmetrical garden thus laid out, it is not to be wondered that the universal sameness of the design should create disgust in him who could never see anything else, and, at length, that, "Tir'd of the scene parterres and fountains yield, We find, at last, he better likes a field." However imposing and magnificent a straight walk may be, between two lines of lofty trees, yet, if every walk about a place be of the same kind, we shall prefer the winding foot- path across the forest; and it was, therefore, very natural that the formal and artificial style should have given place to one more free and natural.