Sloan, Samuel, 1815-1884 / Sloan's homestead architecture, containing forty designs for villas, cottages, and farm houses, with essays on style, construction, landscape gardening, furniture, etc. etc.
Embellishment of grounds, pp. 293-308
THE architect labors almost in vain, if, after all, when the building is completed, the embellishment of the surrounding grounds is neglected, or, what is nearly as bad, left to the tender mercies of 8oi-di8ant gardeners, who really know little more of landscape gardening as a fine art than mankind at large do of the soil and climate of the moon. It is a source of consolation, however, to the architect that there has been a great awakening on the subject latterly, in the United States, and that the prospect for its general advancement is continually brightening. Possessed as we are of every variety of country, from the rugged mountain landscape to the gentle undulations of the far-expanding prairie, including an amount of lake and river scenery unparalleled in the geography of any other country on the globe, we can have no com- plaint to make against Dame Nature, but, on the other hand, should feel grateful that she is so bountiful to the denizens of this New World, and hope that the field thus open before us will be ultimately improved in such a manner as to become, like the rural embel- lishments of "merrie England," a source of national pride. We are informed by history (but we must be brief on this point) that "the Romans were the first who introduced landscape gardening into England, as we (293)
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