We’ve learned about upside-down showering in your garden before. Today let’s learn about alternative styles of gardening.
Japanese gardens (日本庭園 nihon teien?) often involve a more traditional approach to gardening that strives to create miniaturized & to a certain extent “idealized” landscapes, often in a highly abstract configurations or designs. The gardens of the Emperors and nobles were designed for recreation and aesthetic pleasure, while the gardens of Buddhist temples were designed for contemplation and meditation.
2. English Gardens
The classic English garden is an approach to landscaping that evolved in England in the early 18th century, and fanned out across Europe, replacing the more symmetrical, geometrically obsessed french gardening style of the 17th century as the primary gardening style of Europe, most popular in Europe. The English garden presents an idealized view of nature, drawing inspiration from paintings of landscapes by Nicolas Poussin, Claude Lorraine and from the traditional, picturesque imagining of the Chinese gardens of the East, which had recently been described by European travellers when the English garden was first popularized in the 18th century.
3. Dutch Gardens
“Dutch garden” was the terminology that got pasted onto a particular type of rectangular garden space, usually gated-in by hedges or walls, even if the rectangular space happens to be a part of some larger garden or parkland. This space would be laid out in a highly cultivated and geometrical, often symmetrical, fashion, shaped by dense plantings of highly coloured flowers, and edged with box or other dense and clipped shrubs, or low walls (sometimes in geometrical patterns), and sometimes, also, with areas of artificial water, with fountains and water butts, which were also laid out in symmetrical arrangements. The flower beds and areas of water would be intersected by geometrical path patterns, to make it possible to walk around the garden without damaging any of its features.
To learn more about different styles and feature of landscaping, check out our infographic today: Your Field of Dreams
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