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jardin anglais

[zhar-dan nahn-gle] /ʒar dɛ̃ nɑ̃ˈglɛ/
plural jardins anglais
[zhar-dan zahn-gle] /ʒar dɛ̃ zɑ̃ˈglɛ/ (Show IPA).
a landscape garden having winding paths and irregular planting.
literally, English garden Unabridged
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jardin anglais

type of garden that developed in 18th-century England, originating as a revolt against the architectural garden, which relied on rectilinear patterns, sculpture, and the unnatural shaping of trees. The revolutionary character of the English garden lay in the fact that, whereas gardens had formerly asserted man's control over nature, in the new style, man's work was regarded as most successful when it was indistinguishable from nature's. In the architectural garden the eye had been directed along artificial, linear vistas that implied man's continued control of the surrounding countryside, but in the English garden a more natural, irregular formality was achieved in landscapes consisting of expanses of grass, clumps of trees, and irregularly shaped bodies of water.

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