The Garden Guide

Book: The Principles of Landscape Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 3: Design Composition in Landscape Gardens

Flat surfaces

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1571. Original arrangement. Though the above arrangement of the component parts of a residence will be found, in general, the most convenient on a flat surface, or one gently varied, we are far from recommending its universal adoption. Situations are always fertile in suggesting new ideas, which 'Start even from difficulties, strike from chance;' and a mind already stored with a knowledge of every part of the subject works from principles, and fortuitous suggestions, rather than models. We would rather see an original idea attempted to be executed, than the most beautiful arrangement imitated.