The Garden Guide

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

Villa d'Este Garden Design

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93. The taste for distributing statues and urns in gardens is said to have been revived, about the beginning of the sixteenth century, by Cardinal d'Este, from the accidental circumstance of his having formed a villa on the site of that of the emperor Adrian, near Rome; where finding a number of antiquities, he distributed them over the newly arranged surface. This mode was soon imitated by Francis I. of France, and afterwards adopted in the other countries of Europe. Plants in pots and vases began to be introduced about the same time, and were used to decorate apartments, balconies, and roofs of houses, as at present.