An Asian View

Abstraction Inspired by landscapes In pre-20th century China, gardens were designed as an abstract art inspired by natural landscapes, particularly mountain and water scenery. The garden scape was organized for specific uses and designed outdoor spaces infused every aspect of life. Different types of space […]

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Le Nôtre Thinks Bigger

Ambition and Scale Andre Le Nôtre had ambition, skill and was a master manipulator of scale. Perhaps the greatest of all large-scale formal landscapes the Palace of Versailles was one of his many works during his sixty year career. Using water, sky, trees, sculpture, mass […]

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The Italians go Grande

The Pleasure of Order and Beauty The Italian Renaissance Garden was a new style of garden which emerged in the late 15th century at villas in Rome and Florence, inspired by classical ideals of order and beauty, and intended for the pleasure of the view of the […]

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The Monastic Garden in the Middle Ages

Gardening with a Purpose A Monastic Garden was used by many and for multiple purposes. In many ways, gardening was the chief method of providing food for households, but also encompassed orchards, cemeteries and pleasure gardens, as well as medicinal and cultural uses. Gardening was especially […]

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Shalimar Bagh a Mughal Garden

The Persian Garden: Paradise on Earth Shalimar you may know as a perfume, but the name is derived from the Mughal garden in Kashmir called Shalimar Bagh. The Bagh was built by Mughal Emperor Jahangir for his wife Noor Jahan, in 1619. The Shalimar Bagh is considered the high point of Mughal horticulture and is now […]

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