The English Garden
An English garden, or more formally an English park, is the basis of the modern landscape garden today. The English garden took a more relaxed approach to the formal, symmetrical gardens that have traveled to England from France in the 17th century.
The English garden developed into a more idealized view of nature including a lake or pond, groves of trees, rolling green hills and interesting features that stemmed from cultural elements – Gothic ruins, Asian influences and bridges were especially popular.
Where the English has originally copied the formal, boxy style of garden from the French, by the end of the 18th century, the French were designing their gardens in the English style.
Building an English Landscape Garden
A popular style still today for parks and homes, the English landscape garden is often imitated throughout the world. In order to create the landscape garden, you must start with a variety of natural elements to depict the perfect setting these gardens seek to create.
A small water feature designed to look like a pristine lake or pond is a good start. The paths through the gardens should be winding with lush green grasses spreading out. At least one section of the path should lead through the trees.
In the more modern versions of the English landscape garden, there are more features present than in the original versions. These features include bridges, ponds, architectural details and statues to draw the eye and make the individuals walking through the garden stop to take notice.