The English Landscape Garden in Europe

BookThe English Landscape Garden in Europe

The English Landscape Garden in Europe

Historic England


April 15th, 2016





This book provides an overview of the extent to which the 18th-century English Landscape Garden spread through Europe and Russia. While this type of garden acted widely as an inspiration, it was not slavishly copied but adapted to local conditions, circumstances and agendas. A garden ‘in the English style’ is commonly used to denote a landscape garden in Europe, while the term ‘landscape garden’ is used for layouts that are naturalistic in plan and resemble natural scenery, though they might be highly contrived and usually large in scale.

The landscape garden took hold in mainland Europe from about 1760. Due to the differing geopolitical character of several of the countries, and a distinct division between Catholic and Protestant, the notion of the landscape garden held different significance and was interpreted and applied variously in those countries: in other words, they found it a very flexible medium. Each country is considered individually, with a special chapter devoted to ‘Le Jardin Anglo-Chinois’, since that constitutes a major issue of its own. The gardens have been chosen to illustrate the range and variety of applications of the landscape garden, though they are also those about which most is known in English.

A perfect read for a gardener with a love of garden history, it is full of facts, describing garden features of note that can still be seen on the continent today and that reflect the Brownite style.
The English Garden Magazine

Author Information

Michael Symes is an author, lecturer and garden historian. He specialises in 18th-century gardens in Britain and continental Europe.

Table of Contents

Section TitlePage
1. The many faces of the landscape garden
2. Exporting the English garden
3. Le jardin anglo-chinois
4. France
5. Germany
6. Russia
7. Poland
8. The Czech Republic
9. Sweden
10. Hungary
11. Italy
12. Other countries