The “styles” are a lie.

There has never been an English garden outside of England, a Spanish garden outside of Spain, or a Japanese garden outside of Japan.

There has never been an Italian Renaissance garden since the Italian Renaissance, never an American Colonial garden since the vigorous beginnings of the American States.

A style is a definite form of expression of a certain people in a certain place at a certain time; “styles” are humbug and measured details.

Talk of the enrichment of our garden art by eclectic borrowings is merely a cloak over esthetic laziness, esthetic immaturity, esthetic poverty.

Garrett Eckbo,  Landscape for Living “on history” (1950)