The Garden Guide

Book: History of Garden Design and Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 3: The Influence of Climate Btitish Gardens

Garden design taste in Britain

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979. That which prevents the gardening of Britain from attaining to a much higher degree of perfection as an art of taste, is not any natural deficiencies in our climate or soil, nor the want of means to make the most of them, but the want of taste in the proprietors; for after all that has been done and written, there appears to be few who have a just relish for that sort of beauty in pleasure-grounds which is properly called picturesque, or such as a painter might introduce in a picture. We do not allude to any objects or arrangements which would interfere with utility; but to such a disposition of forms as painters call grouping, connection, harmony, and, above all, to that general result which is called unity of expression or character.