English garden

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English garden

An informal garden whose plantings, walks, and pools do not form any recognizable plan and are deliberately lacking in symmetry. As a supposed imitation of natural scenery, paths tend to be sinuous rather than straight, and trees and bushes are casually arranged; the antithesis of a formal garden.
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Piper was, he concludes, 'something of a paradox': having introduced the English landscape park to Sweden, he proceeded to contrive gardens that were 'faithful to what he had learned in Italy and France'.
Piper's 1811-12 manuscript on the design of English landscape parks is a major event for garden historians.

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