The Garden Guide

Book: History of Garden Design and Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 4: British Gardens (1100-1830)

Early landscape gardening

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578. Among the first examples of modern landscape-gardening were those given by Pope and Addison. In so far as was practicable on a spot of little more than two acres, Pope practised what he wrote; and his well-known garden at Twickenham contained, so early as 1716, some highly picturesque and natural-looking scenery; accurately described by various contemporary writers. Only the soil of Pope's garden now remains. (See Beauties of England and Wales.) Addison had a small retirement at Bilton, near Rugby, laid out in what may be called a rural style, which still exists, with very little alteration besides that of time.