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Chiefly with the. A style of garden design introduced by John Loudon (1783–1843), which put emphasis on the formal or artistic (as opposed to naturalistic) display of plants. Compare picturesque gardening. Now historical.
Laid out in or conforming to the formal or artistic style of garden design introduced by John Loudon; designating this style. Later also more generally: characteristic of or resembling a garden, as opposed to a natural setting; formal.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Loudon (1783–1843), landscape gardener and horticultural writer. From garden + -esque, after picturesque.
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