The Garden Guide

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

Haga and Drottningholm Parks

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436. The mixed style is exemplified in Haga, formed on a rocky situation, about the middle of the eighteenth century, by Gustavus III., with the assistance of Masretier. It is the Trianon of Sweden. The approach is a winding walk through rocks and luxuriant verdure. Drottningholm is a royal palace, formed by the same prince on the island of that name. The gardens are in a sort of Anglo-Chinese manner; but, so far as art is concerned, in no respect remarkable. Both these gardens are surrounded or intermingled with water, rocks, Scotch pine, spruce fir, and buildings; forming a picturesque assemblage of saxatile and verdant beauty. There are some confined spots laid out in the English taste, chiefly by British merchants, in the neighbourhood of Gottenburg, as there are also near Christiania and Drontheim, in Norway: but it may be remarked, that this style is not likely to be generally adopted in either country, because they already possess much greater beauties of that kind which it is the aim of landscape-gardening to create, and with which those created by art would not bear a comparison.