The Garden Guide

Book: Landscape Gardening and Landscape Architecture, edited by John Claudius Loudon (J.C.L )
Chapter: Introduction by J.C. Loudon

Examples of the Gardenesque Style

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The Gardenesque School of Landscape has been more or less adopted in various country residences, from the anxious wish of gardeners and botanical amateurs to display their trees and plants to the greatest advantage. Perhaps it may be said to have always existed in botanic gardens; and to have been first applied, in the case of a country residence, by the present Duke of Marlborough, when Marquis of Blandford, at White Knights. It may now be seen in its most decided character, as far as respects trees and shrubs, wherever Arboretums have been properly planted: as, for example, at Chatsworth; and, in the case of flowers, wherever there is a flower-garden in an airy situation, and the flowers are grown in beds, unmixed with trees and shrubs. The Gardenesque School of Landscape is particularly adapted for laying out the grounds of small villas; and it is nowhere better exemplified than in the villa of W. Harrison, Esq., at Cheshunt, described in detail, with numerous engravings, in the fifteenth volume of the Gardener's Magazine. An entire volume is not required to describe this school; but one of our proposed series will be devoted to giving a systematic view of the whole art of Landscape Gardening, including all the styles and schools: and, among the latter, the Gardenesque. In this volume will be shewn how all the materials of the art, such as ground, wood, water, rocks, buildings, &c., may be managed according to the Geometric and Landscape Styles, and to all the different schools which we have enumerated of these styles. This volume will also contain a history of the art, and of its literature; and a descriptive catalogue of all the remarkable country residences that have ever been formed, so far as we can obtain any account of them.