The Garden Guide

Book: Gardening tours by J.C. Loudon 1831-1842
Chapter: Northern England and Southern Scotland in 1841

Clyde Banks

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The rocky banks of the Clyde, and the dells, dingles, and rocky steep-sided chasms containing the tributary rills which we have mentioned, being all more or less clothed with natural wood, and, consequently, all eminently picturesque and varied, what can the proprietor of such a place as Corehouse have to do, in the way of forming or improving ornamental scenery, seeing that nature has done so much? Is he to content himself with building a house, laying out roads and walks, forming a kitchen-garden and a flower-garden, and cultivating a farm? There are, probably, some persons who would be satisfied with doing these things, but there are not many. The most beautiful scenes in nature do not give full satisfaction to the mind, unless we can, in some way or other, associate them with self. If we can do nothing else, we can point out their defects or beauties to a companion; we can describe them in a letter to a friend, or in a book; we can depict them by sketches; or, if they are our own property, we can alter or improve them. Now, the grand source of instruction to the landscape-gardener or the amateur of improved scenery, which is to be derived from the study of Corehouse, is the manner in which the natural woods, rocks, and rills have been improved by artificial p|anting, thinning, contracting, expanding, smoothing, concealing, and displaying Great skill has; doubtless been shown in the disposition of plantations on hills and slopes in the interior of the estate that were before naked, and also in admitting or shutting out the views on the opposite side of the river; but these are comparatively every-day operations, both in a tame and in a picturesque country. We shall shortly enumerate the leading features which would improve such scenery, and which have been added to it at Corehouse.