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.

Pleasure ground gardening

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THE PLEASURE-GROUND. By a strange perversion of terms, what is called modern English gardening seldom includes the useful garden, and the name of the ornamental garden has been changed into pleasure-ground. But it is not the name only that has been changed; the character of a garden is now lost in that of the surrounding park; and it is only on the map that they can be distinguished, while an invisible fence makes the separation between the lawn fed by cattle, and the lawn kept by the roller and the scythe. Although these lawns are actually divided by a barrier as impassable as the ancient garden wall, yet they are, apparently, united in the same landscape, and ----------"wrapt all o'er in everlasting green, Make one dull, vapid, smooth, and tranquil scene." R. P. KNIGHT.