English Formal Garden - Knowledgebase Question

Maryville, TN
Question by Cheryl1800
November 28, 1999
What is the history and some facts about English Formal Gardens? Please help me, I have looked everywhere on facts and history of the English Formal Gardens. I found nothing, but then I came across your website and I thought that you may be able to help me. I truly appreciate the time that you spend reading my letter and answering. Any advice that you have to offer will help me out tremendously. Thank you for your time and I look forward to your answer.

Answer from NGA
November 28, 1999


The history of English gardening is a long and somewhat convoluted one in that it reflects many influences over the centuries. John Brookes "The Book of Garden Design" ISBN 0-02-516695-6 starts out with a good brief history of the major influences as does "Garden Design: History, Principles, Elements, Practice" ISBN 0-671-47993-8. Both of these are nicely illustrated. Any basic text on landscape architecture should give you a good introduction as well.

Sisely Garden Tours offers an interesting listing of people (and gardens they created) http://www.sissons.demon.co.uk... with links to more detail about some of them. This might help bring it to life and give you a start at recognizing the major names.

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