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Madison in Morgan County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Formal Southern Landscapes

 
 
Formal Southern Landscapes Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 13, 2011
1. Formal Southern Landscapes Marker
Inscription. Like Madison's high-style architecture, its formal landscapes were Southern translations of both prevalent trends and earlier traditions. Boxwood gardens were an antebellum landscape feature gracing many Madison homes. Parterres were a garden form developed in Renaissance France and originally inspired by lace brocade patterns. These and other Madison gardens found form in plantings of English boxwood.

Landscape architecture often echoed the architectural spirit of the residents. ‘Boxwood’ c. 1850, having two different building fronts, matched garden and porch characteristics: rigidly straight-lined for the Doric order portico and curvilinear for the Italianate porch. Such eclectic design of both home and garden reflected the influence of an English aesthetic, as England was the 19th century economic, political and cultural leader, and its tastes were imitated all over the Victorian world. Thus, the 19th century parterre craze experienced in English gardens found its way into the antebellum landscape of this and other Madison homes.
 
Erected 2011 by City of Madison, Madison BiCentennial Commission 1809-2009.
 
Location. 33° 35.583′ N, 83° 28.367′ W. Marker is in Madison, Georgia, in Morgan County
Formal Southern Landscapes Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 13, 2011
2. Formal Southern Landscapes Marker
. Marker is at the intersection of Academy Street and Porter Street, on the right when traveling east on Academy Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 357 Academy Street, Madison GA 30650, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Early Religious Life (within shouting distance of this marker); The March to the Sea (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Stoneman Raid (about 500 feet away); Joshua Hill Home (about 600 feet away); The Town Commons (about 600 feet away); Foundation to Consolidation (about 600 feet away); Advanced Education Center (about 700 feet away); Madison Historic Cemeteries (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
 
Categories. Antebellum South, US
 
Academy Street entrance to Boxwood image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 13, 2011
3. Academy Street entrance to Boxwood
Boxwood Entrance Drive from Academy Street image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 13, 2011
4. Boxwood Entrance Drive from Academy Street
Boxwood Gardens image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 13, 2011
5. Boxwood Gardens
The curvilinear gardens for Boxwood's Italianate porch (just visible in the background), facing Academy Street.
Boxwood Gardens image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 13, 2011
6. Boxwood Gardens
Gardens on the Italianate side facing Academy Street
Boxwood image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 13, 2011
7. Boxwood
Boxwood's Old Post Road facade, with its Doric portico and straight lined garden design.
Boxwood Gardens image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 13, 2011
8. Boxwood Gardens
Straight-line gardens on the Old Post Road side, matching the Doric porch.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 17, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 412 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on November 17, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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