'This Peaceful Shade'
THE GARDEN OF WILLIAM SHENSTONE
William Shenstone was an important literary figure in the eighteenth century.
He was a poet, essayist, correspondent and a landscape gardener who turned a pasture farm into a celebrated landscape garden.
On 11 February 1763, at the age of 49, William Shenstone died from putrid fever – probably what we would call typhus fever – in his home at The Leasowes, Halesowen, Worcestershire. He was buried in the churchyard of St John the Baptist, the parish church of Halesowen, on 15 February. Shenstone left a legacy through his poetry, essays and correspondence, but most of all in his landscape gardening.
Although The Leasowes started out as a pasture farm he turned it into a celebrated garden. Shenstone’s ferme ornée,or ornamented farm, became nationally and internationally famous as one of the landscapes garden lovers were delighted to see and many to copy.Download the Full Article (PDF)