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[[underlined]]page 1[[/underlined]] [[underlined]]INTRODUCTION[[/underlined]] Slides [[underlined]]A[[/underlined]]and[[underlined]]B[[/underlined]] When the first settlers on the eastern coast of our country began to think of pleasure gardens as distinct from those which necessity had already provided, the influence which entered into this planning was founded largely on the tradition brought by the English men and women, always lovers of flowers and gardens. [[underlined]]Slide A.[[/underlined]] The very interesting plans which cover three periods of an English estate are excellent examples of the orderly development from the map of 1613 to the much more elaborate layout of 1719. The first plan which looks very much like the plans of Massachusetts estates before 1670, changes in 1679 to the rectangular plan and planting shown in the second view of Chevening in 1679. The elaborate layout of 1719 shows Chevening as developed in the manner then encouraged by all the popular books on gardening published in England, some of them translated from the French. It was about 1719 that Peter Faneuil was building in Boston his elaborate house and gardens. [[underlined]]Slide B.[[/underlined]] The second great influence on garden planning here was derived from the books on that subject then well known. Our library records show that the most generally known volume on this subject was Philip Miller's "Gardener's Dictionary". This book is today of tremendous interest to anyone who wishes to know what was in the mind of garden planners in the 18th century.
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