The Garden Guide

Book: Gardening tours by J.C. Loudon 1831-1842
Chapter: Middlesex, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Wilshire, Dorsetshire, Hampshire, Sussex, and Kent in the Summer of 1832

Virginia Water

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Virginia Water. - We saw the whole of this much talked of scene for the first time; and, like most of the other garden scenes of George the Fourth, it entirely disappointed us. We have before (Vol. III. p. 124.) noticed such parts as were occasionally shown to the public; but we now walked down the grassy margin of one side of the lake, and partly up the other, so as to examine every thing. To those who have never seen lakes in a country of hills and rocks, Virginia Water may be something: to us, it was tame and spiritless. Still, as far as nature is concerned, it would be unreasonable to expect any other style of beauty in the given description of country; but, when we hear it so highly spoken of as it has been in the newspapers as a garden scene, we expect to find that art has been called in to heighten what nature had indicated. For example, here is a winding lake, upwards of a mile in length, with various bays, recesses, prominences, sinuosities, and creeks, with every where a tame smooth grassy margin; the grounds on each side gently rising, and covered more or less with woods, natural or artificial.