Historic Markers Across Georgia

Formal Southern Landscapes

Marker ID: CMAD 
Location: Boxwood on Academy and Porter Sts., Madison, GA
County: Morgan
Coordinates: N 33° 35.602    W 083° 28.363
  33.59336666    -83.47271666
  The coordinates have been estimated
based on the location of the marker.
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None
Formal Southern Landscapes Marker
Photo by David Seibert


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 home's. Parterres were a garden form developed in Renaissance France and originally inspired by lace brocade patterns. These and other Madison gardens found form and 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-line for the Doric order portico and curvilinear for the Italianate porch. Such eclectic design of both home and garden reflected the influence of English aesthetic, as England was the 19th century economic, political and cultural leader, and its taste were inherited 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.

City of Madison, Madison Bicentennial Commission 1809-2009

Formal Southern Landscapes
Photo by David Seibert