Repton, Humphry, 1752-1818 / Fragments on the theory and practice of landscape gardening: including some remarks on Grecian and Gothic architecture, collected from various manuscripts, in the possession of the different noblemen and gentlemen, for whose use they were originally written; the whole tending to establish fixed principles in the respective arts
[Fragment XXVII. Gardens of Ashridge, continued], p. 147
147 I might also add another argument against invisible Fences in general (except in short glades), viz. that when they divide a park from a garden, they separate two things which the mind knows cannot be united. In modern Gardening it has been deemed a principle to exclude all view of Fences; but there are a certain class of flowering plants which require support, and these should be amply provided for in all ornamental gardens. The open trellis- fence, and the hoops on poles over which creeping and climbing plants are gracefully spread; give a richness to garden scenery that no painting can adequately represent. The novelty of this attempt to collect a number of Gardens, differing from each other, may perhaps excite the critic's cen- sure; but I will hope there is no more absurdity in collecting Gardens of different styles, dates, characters, and dimensions, in the same inclosure, than in placing the works of a Raphael and a Teniers in the same cabinet, or books sacred and profane in the same library. Perhaps, after all, the pleasure derived from a Garden has some relative association with its evanescent nature and produce: we view with more delight a wreath of short-lived roses, than a crown of amaranth or everlasting flow- ers. However this may be, it is certain, that the Good and Wise of all ages have enjoyed their purest and most innocent' plea- sures in a Garden, from the beginning 6f time, when the Father of mankind was created in a Garden, till the fulness of time, when HE, who often delighted in a Garden, was at last buried -in one.
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