The Garden Guide

Book: Fragments on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, 1816
Chapter: Fragment Xxxiv. Extracted From The Report Of Endsleigh, A Cottage On The Banks Of The Tamar, In Devonshire, By Permission Of His Grace The Duke Of Bedford. Situation And Character.

After sketch of Endsleigh

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The long sketch [fig. 249], is supposed to be taken from the windows of the dining-room; the terraces, grass, and gravel, seem to justify the boldest interference of art in the accompaniments of this garden scene. The style of conservatory, the alcove in the children's garden, and the fountain and artificial trimness of the parterre, must all be considered with reference to the noble occupiers, rather than to the humble character of a cottage. Since contrast and variety are not less sources of pleasure than uniformity, the trim character of this garden of art, will act like the frame to a natural landscape. At the end of the gravel terrace is a quarry, which might be converted into a grotto-like receptacle for specimens of the fossils and ores abounding in the neighbouring mountains.