Unidentifiable Nature Unidentifiable Natura
To the point in which its natural form was almost unrecognizable, landscape elements were used more as ornamental objects within the garden. In the seventeenth century, formal landscape gardens became overly manicured over time. Focused on symmetry as well as other ideals, landscape designers took control over nature by manipulating it to become forms and patterns that were unnatural and seemed to be artificial. Here is an image of what was referred to as “embroidery” within the landscape as hedges were clipped to become a detailed pattern. After reaching this point of artificiality within gardens, there was a huge shift from formal to picturesque landscapes. As Keith Thomas stated in The Human Dilemma, the landscape garden became “so informal as at times to be barely distinguishable from an uncultivated field”. The two styles were so contrasting it’s as if they finally took a true look at formal gardens for what they had become, as they had gone so far as to remove almost all natural characteristics of trees and bushes, and so drastically decided there was a necessity to go back to nature at its most natural form and embrace it for its true qualities.