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type of parterre garden evolved in France in the late 16th century by Etienne Duperac and characterized by the division of paths and beds to form an embroidery-like pattern. The patterns were flowing ribbons of form (generally of formalized foliate design) rather than the angular shapes typical of other types of parterre; and the various beds into which the parterre was divided by paths were coordinated in a single symmetrical design

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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