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Title: The English flower garden and home grounds : design and arrangement shown by existing examples of gardens in Great Britain and Ireland, followed by a description of the plants, shrubs and trees for the open-air garden and their culture
Year: 1906 (1900s)
Authors: Robinson, W. (William), 1838-1935
Subjects: Flower gardening Plants, Ornamental Cottage gardening Gardens
Publisher: London : J. Murray
Contributing Library: The LuEsther T Mertz Library, the New York Botanical garden
Digitizing Sponsor: The LuEsther T Mertz Library, the New York Botanical garden
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from old books to any surface where a flowergarden has to be made that leads to bad and frivolous design—wrong in plan and hopeless for the life of plants. It is so easy forany one asked for a plan to furnish one of this sort without theslightest knowledge of the life of a garden. For ages the flower-garden has been marred by absurdities ofthis kind of work as regards plan, though the flowers were in simpleand natural ways. But in our own time the same decorative ideahas come to be carried out in the planting of the flowers under thename of bedding out, carpet bedding, or mosaic culture, Inthis the beautiful forms of flowers are degraded to the level of crudecolour to make a design, and without reference to the natural form orbeauty of the plants, clipping being freely done to get the carpetsor patterns true. When these tracery gardens were made, often bypeople without any knowledge of the plants of a garden, they werefound to be difficult to plant; hence attempts to do without the
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Town-Garden, The Broadway, Worcestershire. From a picture in possession of the author. THE ENGLISH FLOWER garden. gardener altogether, and get colour by the use of broken brick, whitesand, and painted stone. All such work is wrong and degrading tothe art of gardening, and in its extreme expressions is ridiculous. As I use the word artistic, in a book on the flower-garden,it may be well to say that as it is used it means right and truein relation to all the conditions of the case, and the necessary limita-tions of our art and all other human arts. A lovely Greek coin, a bitof canvas painted by Corot with the morning light on it, a blockof stone hewn into the shape of the dying gladiator, the w^hite moun-tain rocks built into a Parthenon—these are all examples of humanart, every one of which can be only fairly judged in due regard towhat is possible in the material of each—knowledge which it is part ofthe artists essential task to possess. Often a garden may be wrongin various ways,
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