The Garden Guide

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

Medici Garden Design

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91. Gardening, with the other arts, was revived and patronised by the Medici family in the beginning of the sixteenth century; and the most celebrated gardens of these times, as Roscoe informs us, were those of Lorenzo de' Medici, and of the wealthy Bernard Rucellai. They were in the geometric and architectural taste of those of Pliny, and served as models or precedents for other famous gardens which succeeded them, till within the last sixty years, when, as Eustace observes, a mixture of the modern or natural-like manner was generally admitted.