Repton, Humphry, 1752-1818 / Observations 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
Chapter VIII: Of pleasure grounds--flower gardens, example Bulstrode--Valley Field--Nuneham--greenhouse and conservatory belong to a flower garden--various modes of attaching them to a house--difficulty--objection--attempt to make them Gothic, pp. 99-102
99 CHAPTER VIII. Of Pleasure Grounds-'Flower Gardens, Example BULSTRODE- VALLEY FiELD-NUNEHAM- Greenhouse and Conservatory belong to a Flower Garden- Various Modes of attaching them to a House-D&culty-Objection-Attempt to make them Gothic. IN the execution of my profession I have often experienced great difficulty and, opposition in attempting to correct the false and mistaken taste for placing a large house in a naked grass field, without any apparent line of separation between the ground exposed to cattle and the ground annexed to the house, which I consider as peculiarly under the management of art. This line of separation being admitted, advantage may be easily taken to ornament the lawn with flowers and shrubs, and to attach to the mansion that scene of " embellished neatness," usually called a Pleasure Ground. The quantity of this dressed ground was formerly very consi- derable. The royal gardens of Versailles, or those of Kensington palace, when filled with company, want no other animation; but a large extent of ground without moving objects, however neatly kept, is but a melancholy scene. If solitude delight, we seek it rather in the covert of a wood, or the sequestered alcove of a flower garden, than in the open lawn of an exten- sive pleasure ground.
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