The Garden Guide

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

Brussels Garden

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166. At Brussels, among other curiosities, Evelyn mentions a hedge of jets d'eau, lozenge fashion, surrounding a parterre; and �the park within the walls of the city furnished with whatever may render it agreeable, melancholy, and country-like.� It contained �a stately heronry, divers springs of water, artificial cascades, walks, grottoes, statues, and root-houses.� This park was considerably enlarged some years ago; the then decayed root-houses, grottoes, and more curious waterworks were removed, and the whole was divided by broad sanded paths, and decorated with good statues, seats, fountains, and cafes for refreshment.