The Garden Guide

Book: Sketches and Hints on Landscape Gardening, 1795
Chapter: Chapter 6: On on the ancient style of gardening; Of symmetry and uniformity

Views from Lathom

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The management of the view to the north will further serve to elucidate another general principle in gardening, viz., that although we do not require a strict symmetry in the two sides of the landscape, yet there is a certain balance of composition,* without which the eye is not perfectly satisfied. *[The subject has been more fully treated, in my Remarks on Holwood, in Kent, a seat of the Right Hon. Wm. Pitt; and Stoke, in Herefordshire, a seat of the Hon. Edw. Foley.] The two screens of wood beyond the pond may be varied and contrasted; that to the west may be left as a thick and impenetrable mass of trees and underwood, while great part of that to the east should be converted into an open grove; thus destroying the formality, while the balance of composition may still be preserved.