The Garden Guide

Book: Fragments on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, 1816
Chapter: Fragment XxvII. Gardens Of Ashridge.

Mixed fifteen styles of design for Ashridge

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No less than fifteen different kinds of gardens were proposed in the map, of which Nos. 1, 2, 3, 14, and 15, belong to the modern style of pleasure-ground, but the others are all different; viz. in No. 4, I proposed a conduit, or holy well, in an inclosure of rich masonry, and decorated by flowers in vases, &c. This is supposed to front the centre of the conservatory. No. 5, the winter garden, with covered walk open to the south, which is a luxury that no place should be without. No. 6 is the monks' garden restored. "The close clipp'd box, th' embroider'd bed In rows and formal order laid, And shap'd like graves (for mindful still Of their last end, the church doth will, E'en in their joys her sons should be Pensive in very gaiety)." HON. MRS. E. ERSKINE. No. 7, disposed in groups, the various kinds of foreign trees which will bear so sheltered an inclosure. No. 8, availing ourselves of a very large building, the magnolia, and other American plants, will here find an appropriate situation. Nos. 9 and 10, are gardens with beds raised to meet the eye, and very unlike any other garden. The grotto is an excavation formed out of an old pool, instead of filling it up; and the whole area of No. 12 has been formed into small hills and valleys, and so surrounded by plantation, that its original flatness is totally disguised. In the rosarium, No. 13, is proposed a fountain, supplied from the holy well, and then led into the grotto, from whence it is finally conducted into the drinking-pool in the park, presenting, from one and the same source, a redundance of water under different appearances.