The Garden Guide

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

Gardens of Rome

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111.A number of other Roman villas might be enumerated; but, as far as respects gardens, the description, if faithful, would be tiresome and monotonous. Even Eustace allows that, �howsoever Italian gardens may differ in extent and magnificence, their principal features are all nearly the same; the same with regard to artificial as well as natural graces. Some ancient remains are to be found in all, and several in most of them. They are all adorned with the same evergreens, and present, upon a greater or less scale, the same Italian and ancient scenery. They are in general much neglected, but for that reason the more rural. (Classical Tour, vol. i. p. 18.)