Landscape Gardening: Natural Slope


Jefferson retained the natural slope from the house to the road and planted his trees and bushes without concern for geometical patterns or for geometical shaping. The focus is on each plant in its own right, not as part of an artificial arrangement of plants.

This new approach to the display of plants was in part a result of the importation of foreign plants. In the beginning, the Church objected to foreign plants, but eventually approved of plants named in the Bible because of their symbolic value. After Europe was filled with biblically related plants, the Church was unable to prevent further importation from other temperate areas around the Earth: for example, from China, North and South America, Africa, and Australia and New Zealand.

Photograph Looking across the Front Yard at Monticello