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Old Time Gardens; Newly Set Forth; A Book of the Sweet O' the Year (Paperback) Loot Price: R443 Discovery Miles 4 430
Old Time Gardens; Newly Set Forth; A Book of the Sweet O' the Year (Paperback): Alice Morse Earle
Old Time Gardens; Newly Set Forth; A Book of the Sweet O' the Year (Paperback): Alice Morse Earle

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Old Time Gardens; Newly Set Forth; A Book of the Sweet O' the Year (Paperback)

Alice Morse Earle

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III VARIED GARDENS FAIR " And all without were walkes and alleys dight With divers trees enrang'd in even rankes; And here and there were pleasant arbors pight And shadie seats, and sundry flowering bankes To sit and rest the walkers wearie shankes." ? Faerie $uetne, Edmund Spenser. ANY simple forms of gardens were common besides the enclosed front yard; and as wealth poured in on the colonies, the beautiful gardens so much thought of in England were copied here, especially by wealthy merchants, as is noted in the first chapter of this book, and by the provincial governors and their little courts; the garden of Governor Hutchinson, in Milford, Massachusetts, is stately still and little changed. English gardens, at the time of the settlement of America, had passed beyond the time when, as old Gervayse Markham said, " Of all the best Ornaments used in our English gardens, Knots and Mazes are the most ancient." A maze was a placing of low garden hedges of Privet, Box, or Hyssop, usually set in concentric circles which en- closed paths, that opened into each other by such artful contrivance that it was difficult to find one's way in and out through these bewildering paths. " When well formed, of a man's height, your friend may perhaps wander in gathering berries as he cannot recover himself without your help." The maze was not a thing of beauty, it was " nothing for sweetness and health," to use Lord Bacon's words; it was only a whimsical notion of gardening amusement, pleasing to a generation who liked to have hidden fountains in their gardens to sprinkle suddenly the unwary. I doubt if any mazes were ever laid out in America, though I have heard vague references to one in Virginia. Knots had been the choice adornment or the Tudor garden. They were no...

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Imprint: Rarebooksclub.com
Country of origin: United States
Release date: October 2012
First published: October 2012
Authors: Alice Morse Earle
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 6mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 188
ISBN-13: 978-0-217-26351-1
Barcode: 9780217263511
Categories: Books
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LSN: 0-217-26351-8

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