The Garden Guide

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

Modern pleasure grounds

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Every part of a modern pleasure-ground is alike; and, unless varied by views into the adjoining country, we soon tire of the sameness of gravel walks, in serpentine lines, with broad margins of grass, and flowers, and shrubs, everywhere promiscuously mixed and repeated; and, therefore, I ventured boldly to go back to those ancient trim gardens, which formerly delighted the venerable inhabitants of this curious spot, as appears from the trim box hedges of the monks' garden, and some large yew-trees still growing in rows near the site of the monastery. I delivered my opinion, elucidated by many drawings, some of which have since been realized, and with some I had hoped to enrich this volume; but, I am informed, the book has been mislaid, and I can, therefore, only describe the general principles of what I had the honour to suggest, by a reference to the map [fig. 214], and a sketch from memory of the rosary [fig. 215] and the conduit, or holy well, for which a Gothic design is given [fig. 216], with a hint of its relative situation, shewing the rosary and entrance to the monks' garden.