Blomfield, Reginald Theodore ; Thomas, Francis Inigo [Ill.]
The formal garden in England — London, 1892

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the formal method and the landscape


The Formal System of Gardening has suffered
from a question-begging name. It has been
labelled " Formal" by its ill-wishers ; and
though, in a way, the term expresses the orderly
result at which the system aims, the implied
reproach is disingenuous. The history of this
method of dealing with gardens will be discussed
in subsequent chapters, but as some misunder-
standing prevails as to its intention, and any
quantity of misrepresentation, it will be well to
clear the ground by a statement of the principles
and standpoint of the Formal School as com-
pared with Landscape Gardening.

The question at issue is a very simple one.
Is the garden to be considered in relation to the
house, and as an integral part of a design which
depends for its success on the combined effect of
house and garden ; or is the house to be ignored
in dealing with the garden ? The latter is the


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