The Garden Guide

Book: The Principles of Landscape Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 2: Compositional Elements of Landscape Gardening

Management in the ancient style

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1514. Management, In this respect, also, the advantage is greatly in favour of the ancient style; for as all operations of pruning and thinning in the other style should be done under the eye of the landscape-gardener, so all those operations may be performed in the ancient style by any labourer; the object being simply to produce a straight, upright, smooth stem, to a certain height according to circumstances, and to allow each particular tree to attain its full size. Shearing or clipping is always a merely mechanical operation; plain hedges and close alleys require only a line for a guide; and, in the case of arcades or verdant sculpture, there is, or always should be, a frame of trelliswork of correct design to guide the operator.