The Garden Guide

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

Utrecht garden design

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159. At Broeck and Alkmaar the ancient style is still maintained in its purity in the villa gardens. M. Seterveldt's garden, near Utrecht, is also a carefully preserved specimen. Here the grand divisions of the garden are made by tall thick hedges of beech, hornbeam, and oak, and the lesser by yew and box. There are avenue walks, and berceau walks, with openings in the shape of windows in the sides, verdant houses, rustic seats (fig. 37.), canals, ponds, grottoes, fountains, statues, and other devices; �and,� adds the horticultural tourist, �we were struck with this circumstance, that every thing in this garden has its most exact counterpart: if there be a pond, or walk, or statues, or a group of evergreens on one side, the same may, with confidence, be predicted on the other side of the garden; so that the often quoted couplet of Pope, 'Grove nods at grove, ' &c., can nowhere be better exemplified,� (Neill's Hort. Tour, p. 249.)