What ‘English style’ owes to Asia’s gardens
Our traditional national landscapes of sweeping lawns and undulating hills are deeply indebted to China and Japan
Like so many other aspects of our culture, the origins of British garden style can be traced back overseas. As an avid reader of garden history books, I can’t help but wonder if our collective compass might be a tad off when it comes to understanding the primary source of influence in classic British garden design.
In 1685 Sir William Temple wrote an essay describing the East Asian appreciation of irregularity and asymmetry