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
100 I have therefore frequently been the means of restoring acre of useless garden to the deer or sheep, to which they more properly belong. This is now carrying on with admirable effect at' BULsTR oD, where the gardens of every kind are on a great scale, and where from the choice andvariety of the plants, the direction of the walks, the enrichment of art, and the attention to every circumstance of elegance .and magnificence; the pleasure ground is perfect as a whole, while its several parts may furnish models of the following different characters of taste in gardening: the ancient garden, the American garden, the modern terrace walks, and tke jlower garden: the latter is, perhaps, one of the most varied and extensive of its kind, and therefore too large to be other- wise artificial, than in the choice of its flowers, and the embel- lishments of art in its ornaments; Flower gardens on a small scale may, with propriety, be formal and artificial; but in all cases they require neatness and attention. On this subject I shall transcribe the following passage from the Red Book of VALLEY FtELD.c To common observers, the most obvious 'difference between Mr. Brown's style and that of ancient gardens, was the change "Although I have never seen VALLEY FIELD myself, yet it flatters me to learn, that under the direction of my two sons, by taking advantage of the deep roiantie glen and wooded banks of the river which flows through the grounds, and falls into the Frith of Forth at a short distance from the house, an approach has been made, which, from variety, interest, and picturesque scenery, may vie with any thing of the kind in England; while it remains a specimen of the powers of landscape gardening in that part of Scotland, where the art had been introduced only by those imitators of Mr. Brown's manner, who had travelled into the north. His own improvements were confined to England."
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