In fact, the idea of "nature" was established as a value
in society. People did things in a particular way because it was more
"natural". In comparison to existing formal gardens, the
new style was informal and asymmetrical. It included serpentine lakes,
winding drives, and clumps of trees in lawns that reached from the
wooded distance right to the house. Animals were even brought into
the landscape to make it appear more natural.
As the garden composition extended into the surrounding landscape,
a new emphasis was placed on views. As a result, house and countryside
become part of the same design. The haha
wall was a popular device to
solve the practical problem of keeping animals away from the house
and yet to retain an uninterrupted visual relationship between the
house and its park.
The development of the English landscape garden style coincided with
the process of enclosure. Land became valued not only because it conferred
prestige upon the owner, but also because it offered new economic
rewards. As a result, land acquired new social and political value.
Rural improvement came to be associated with and to exemplify the
English character. There was no better way to display success and
to preserve family fortune than to improve the country with a noble
residence and to cultivate the land.