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
EMBELLISHMENT OF GROUNDS. 299 always be so arranged as to appear necessarily to wind around the groups of tre&~ which otherwise would stand in the way. Whenever a bend in the road is intended, a cluster or group of greater or less size, and breadth proportionate to the curve, should be placed in the projection formed. These trees, as soon as they attain some size, if they are properly arranged, we may suppose to have originally stood there, and the road naturally to have curved, to avoid destroying them." We quote from Mr. Repton, already noticed as one of the most celebrated English landscape gardeners, the following rules or governing principles in determining the position and curves of the approach, from which, however, it must not be inferred that it is possible to give rules that will apply in all cases; but they em- brace the elemental requisites of the approach, insisted upon by modern landscape gardeners, and we think with a great deal of consistency "First. It ought to be a road to the house and to that principally. "Second. Although not naturally the nearest road possible, it ought artificially be made impossible to go a nearer way "Third. The artificial obstacles which make this road the nearest ought to appear natural. "Fourth. Where an approach quits the high road, it ought not to break from it at right angles, or in such a manner as to rob the entrance of importance, but rather at some bend of the public road, from which a lodge or gate may be more conspicuous, and where the high road may appear to branch from the approach, rather than the approach from the high road. 15
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