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 .
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.