The Garden Guide

Book: Fragments on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, 1816
Chapter: Fragment XxvIII. Containing Extracts From The Report On Woburn Abbey.

Comparison of gardens and furnishings

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This similitude might be extended to all the articles of furniture, for use or ornament, required in an apartment, comparing them with the seats, and buildings, and sculpture, appropriate to a garden. Thus, the pleasure-ground at Woburn requires to be enriched and furnished like its palace, where good taste is everywhere conspicuous. It is not by the breadth or length of the walk that greatness of character in garden scenery can ever be supported; it is rather by its diversity, and the succession of interesting objects. In this part of a great place, we may venture to extract pleasure from variety, from contrast, and even from novelty, without endangering the character of greatness.