The Garden Guide

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

Worlitz Garden Design3

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365. Such are, or were, the gardens of Worlitz, the most celebrated in Germany. To us they seem more calculated to excite wonder at the multitude of contrivances, and the expense incurred, than pleasure at the beauty of the effects produced. Every one must feel that, after all that has been done at Worlitz, it is but the toy of a man of wealth; there is no evidence, in any part of the above description, that the place contains much natural beauty, or that art has been employed in heightening what there might be. The whole garden seems to be an assemblage of costly buildings: but buildings that neither are nor ever were of any real use, be their architecture what it may, can never please a well-regulated mind. As some atonement for the multiplicity of useless edifices, and the absurdity of the allegorical scenes at Worlitz, we may notice, that the grounds contain a number of fine American trees, some of which are described in the fourth and fifth volumes of the Transactions of the Prussian Gardening Society.