The English influence on American gardening began with the Colonial period on the East Coast.
Much of the garden design followed the geometric, old fashioned style of straight lines and symmetry in the landscape.
A few versions of the modern, more natural approach to the landscape appeared as well.
Woodlands became an early example of that design style.
Woodlands in Philadelphia was the garden of Thomas Hamilton (1745-1813). His landscape followed the modern, picturesque English view of extensive lawns, winding paths, and water features. He also included a plant collection that totaled 13,000 plants.
Thomas Jefferson visited Woodlands, probably for ideas for his own landscape which he designed at Monticello, also in the English picturesque view.
Well before the nineteenth century we can see evidence of the English influence on American gardening, including colonial gardens and plantations in the south, and also gardens of the wealthy around large cities in the northeast like Boston, New York, and Philadelphia.