The Garden Guide

Book: History of Garden Design and Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 3: European Gardens (500AD-1850)

Bel Respiro Garden Design

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232. The garden of Bel Respiro (fig. 60.), like other town gardens, is surrounded by buildings. The surface is flat, and of no great extent; but the grounds have been laid out, from the proprietor's designs, with very great care, and at a very great expense. The following are the details: � Rock with a cascade of water; the water brought by tubes from a reservoir, and falling from the rock into a circular basin. Bronze figure, in the centre of the grass plot, in the entrance front: it has a good effect looking through the iron gates from the street, and also looking from the house towards the iron gates, serving both to measure or increase the distance, and to enhance the interest of the scene (fig, 62.). 3, House. Voliere (aviary). Drawwell, with machinery for raising the water by a horse. Wooden bridge. Hothouse. 8 and 9, Lodge of the keeper, the roof of which forms a terrace, which is ascended from walks conducted on the high banks which surround the garden. These banks are planted so as completely to shut out the surrounding houses. Avenue of the Champs Elysees. Barriere de l'Etoile. Street houses.