Thursday, June 4, 2009

Garden History Quote of the Week

"Democrats favored the formal European approach while Republicans opted for the picturesque English style."

from a discussion of the highly politicized process of selecting a design for Central Park, as described in Witold Rybczynski's "A Clearing In The Distance: Frederick Law Olmsted and America in the 19th Century".

Ah, for a time when political parties argued over preferred landscape styles....

And the outcome?

"The six Republicans, together with the reform Democrat Andrew Green, all cast their votes for the same project: Greensward.
Vaux and Olmsted had won."

[vintage postcard images of Central Park from my files; original source unknown]


Helen said...

Incredible postcards of Central Park. Imagine seeing it without its nest of skyscrapers.

Katya said...

Interesting about the political differences in preference for a type of garden style. If asked to guess I think I would have picked the opposite.

joann spears said...

Interesting quote. My politics are middle of the road, and my garden is cottage-style. My much-more-liberal sister and brother in law have a scrupulously clipped
garden that looks like one of the European countries at Epcot Center. Guess Rybczynski was on to something :)

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