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A rchitectural Gardening.—X.

Architectural gardening.


The forecourt and garden entrance illustrated
on the opposite page has been designed to meet
the definite conditions of an actual site. The
garden forecourt, as the plan below shows, is an
adjunct to an open-air living room or loggia, and
is, in effect, an extension, as it were, into the
garden of that portion of the house plan. Here,
above all things, privacy and seclusion are most
desirable, as the loggia is to be used as much as
possible, not only through the summer, but also
during the late autumn and in the early days of
spring. It has therefore been planned with that
purpose in view, so that the greatest amount of
shelter from all quarters can be obtained. The
plan below illustrates how the house itself forms the
required protection on three sides, whilst, on the
fourth, the high wall (in the centre of which the
garden entrance is placed) closes in the little
garden, and completes the desired effect without

in any way excluding the very necessary sunlight
and fresh air. Only on one side is there a
building of two floors, where the main portion of
the house occurs; on the other two sides are low
walls of brick that surround, and long high-pitched
roofs that cover, the kitchen garden and out-

The alcove and pool, illustrated by the drawing
on page 199 and plan on page 198, form part of
a detail in a scheme for the alteration of a mid-
Victorian landscape garden. This garden adjoins
an old eighteenth-century house of a dignified and
balanced design, and is of course completely out
of harmony with it. The house has a long southern
front facing this landscape garden, and on the west
side is an old wood with a stream running through
it, which continues across the garden, and was
tortured (in the height of the landscape gardening
days) into all sorts of fantastic shapes and sur-
rounded by toy hills dotted with specimen trees.

The chief desire in the new scheme being to re-
create a garden in sympathy with the design of the
house, it is proposed to clear away all traces of the
present landscape effort, which neither time nor
Nature herself has redeemed from complete failure,,
and to replace it by a broad expanse of green turf'

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