Image from page 339 of "American homes and gardens" (1905)
Title: American homes and gardens
Publisher: New York, Munn and Co
Contributing Library: The LuEsther T Mertz Library, the New York Botanical Garden
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en leaves, makeclassic designs upon the pillars. In one of the vestibules atthe end is a marble table available for tea drinking or cards;the center of the other is occupied by an interesting old fontor well carved in quaint pagan design. In the arch openingonto the garden in both vestibules, stand small figures castin metal, while beyond, at the upper end, is an Apollo in theniche of the wall, facing another figure at the opposite sideof the garden, just above the casino. At the lower end of the garden the architectural featuresconsist of two simple grape trellises on opposite sides of thegarden. The arches at the ends are filled in with wall boxesfull of pot plants. There is a bit of lawn here between thetwo trellises, with one or two vases and a small well. The great trouble in such a garden as this is how to plant.The first rule should be abundance. There must be a riotof bloom and of growth to keep the place from lookingempty and artificial. First, from the point of color values,
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Grape Trellis-work in the Wall-box in the Arch this expanse of glittering, trying white must be broken andwarmed and not allowed to tyrannize. One very clever steptowards accomplishing this in the garden of Glenn Elsi-nore is the paths. These are quite broad, and are all of awarm ochre tone. But of course the chief source of colormust be the flowers. Again, all the rigidity of line established in the architecturemust be softened by the graceful lines of growth; and finallythe magnificence, the pretentiousness of so much magnificencein design and in material must be lived up to. The soul mustbe more beautiful and rich than the body. It must never ap-pear that those who made this costly setting for a garden hadmore thought for the setting than for the gem. There should be a wealth of bloom and lavish color;and there is, from the time the feathery blushing Japanesecherry opens the ball in May till the asters and dahlias andchrysanthemums and the glorious plumage of the boundingwood close
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