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 V, continued], pp. 67-79
7(s) expedients. At No. el one side of the drive might be openedto shew the opposite hanging wood in glades along the course of the drive. AtNo. 2. a shorter branch might be made to avoid the too great detour, though there is a view into the valley of Fulmer at No. 24. worthy to be preserved.- In some parts the- width of, the- drive- might be varied, and some of the violent cur-, vatures corrected; in others the best trees might be singled out and little openings made to be fed by sheep occasionally; and another mode of producing variety would be to take away certain trees, and leave others, where any particular species abound: thus in some places, the birches only might be left, and all the oaks and beech and other plants removed, to make in time a specimen' of Birkland forest, while there are some places where the holley and hawthorn might be encouraged, and all taller growth give place to these low shrubs with irregular shapes of grass flowing among them. This would create a degree of variety that it is needless to enlarge upon. The course of the drive through Shipman's Wood No. 26, may be brought lower down the hill to keep the two lines as far distant from each other as possible, and also to make the line easier round the knoll at No. 28, though an intermediate or shorter branch may also diverge at No., e7, towards the valley. There is some difficulty in joining this drive with the park without going round the gardener's house; but as the I have distinguished, by Italics, some peculiar circumstances of variety, from having observed great sameness in the usual mode of conducting a drive through a belt of young plantation, where trees of every species are mixed together. There is actually more variety in passing from a grove of oaks to a grove of firs, or a scene of' brushwood, than in passing through a wood composed of a hundred different species of trees as they are usually mixed together.-"
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