Gardens in the 19th Century

Okay, Amy. I'm giving you about one more second to communicate with me before I flip out. Remember, I'm the one with the power to remove you from the cushy 19th century mansion you've found yourself in.

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Oh, there you are. I need an update. What's happening? 


Charlotte and I were out walking, is all, around the plants and stuff at the back of the mansion, which is one of the main things we do here 'cause the servants do most everything else.

So it got kinda boring ... until Charlotte got us lost. 

You were lost? Wow. How far did you wander away from the mansion? Must have been quite the long walk.

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Nah, it's just that there's this maze thing the gardeners make outta shrubs and stuff, so we got stuck in it and just kept walking around lookin' for a way out. 

Charlotte got kinda worried but I thought it was sick. 

And then it must've been like, what, a coupla hours until we made it back to the mansion, cuz the sun was starting to go down.

And that's when I saw Sam. You know, one of the guys I met at the dance here a few weeks ago. He was reading in the library. I think he has a lot of money.

Good lord, who's Sam? Wasn't it supposed to be the guy who doesn't have much money coming to see you? Barker the brewer? (Hmm, just realized how funny that sounds - Barker the brewer.) But I digress. I thought you said Barker was going to be arriving soon. You said he sent you a letter telling you he was coming. I'm totally confused at this point.

It's nuthin' really. Sam's already here ... and Barker's on his way in his one-horse carriage. Ya wouldn't believe how long it takes to get anywhere with just one horse pullin' and everything. Ya hafta stop and give it water and let it rest or else it gets all sweaty and snorts and stuff.

So, the two guys you thought were both "hot" are going to be at the mansion together? Do I have this fact straight? And you think it's going to turn out fine? You actually think it's nothing?

In the 19th century, when you currently live, importance is placed on carefully laid out gardens ... if you are wealthy. Paths welcome visitors and aristocrats for a stroll to admire fountains, shrubs and flowers. Coined "the Gardenesque Style" (we would refer to it as Landscape Design today), it has become very popular in the mid-1800s, and focuses on the contrast between the open area around the house and striking varieties of bordering flowers, shrubs and statues. Geometric forms also play a large role in the gardens of the rich, as do ponds and bridges.

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Also in the Victorian age, an effort is being made by jurisdictions to provide those without wealth to enjoy public gardens. It is felt at this time that gardens will exist as a healthy alternative for the lower class, on the assumption that those with a lower social standing will improve their manners in such a surrounding, as well as lessen their public discourse and overindulgent habits such as the consumption of too much alcohol.

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In London, England, in the 19th century, squares of green space are being developed behind houses, especially for the children, in full view of watchful eyes. These squares are becoming an important aspect in close knit communities. Run by a committee governed by the community, the green spaces are being maintained financially by each family - every household puts in a small amount of funds for its upkeep. Notting Hill and Kensington are prime examples.