The Garden Guide

Book: The Principles of Landscape Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 1: Principles of Landscape Gardening

Picturesque expression

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1492. As a third example, imagine, instead of the smooth turf, uncouth rough ground, covered in some places with furze, briars, brambles, and tangled thickets; the water fringed with rushes, and partially concealed by aquatic shrubs; and wild horses and deer forming the animated port of the scene. The expression would be eminently picturesque; but there would also be an expression of wildness, not resulting from the picturesque qualities as such, but from mental reflection on the difference between this scene and one of cultivation.