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A History of the Garden from Ancient to Modern Times

Written by Cindy Marie Jenkins on Friday, May 11th, 2018 at 2:29pm.

“Gardens and flowers have a way of bringing people together, drawing them from their homes.”

― Clare Ansberry

Gardens are often used as a retreat from the world, a relaxing hobby, a way to influence a small part of the world through your careful handiwork, a way to give back to the environment and improve your health...there are so many great reasons to garden that it’s hard to narrow them down.

We have a huge variety of gardens in the world too, with succulents and modern styles among the Nook favorites. Where did this part of our homes come from? Why do we have such a dreamy view of garden spaces? Let’s dig into the history of the garden to find out:

  • Early Egyptian gardens brought shade and cool areas to their climate, often enclosed by walls and vines. The ponds were often stocked with fish that might be found out in the wild, setting the scene for a quiet and secure little haven.  

  • Gardens were always a dominant symbol within Buddhism, building on their influence in the Himalayas and spreading to the surrounding world. We even see direct links between Japanese style gardens and the more contemporary outdoor areas in modern garden design.

  • Medieval gardens are dominated by monasteries, keeping themselves secluded and sustainable. They had rows of vegetables, fruit trees, fish stocked in their pond for protein, but also some recreational spots.

  • Ornamental gardens emerged in the 16 century, with the Renaissance and Elizabethan England tendencies feeding directly into these gardens’ exuberant looks and details.

  • Gertrude Jekyll (whose brother may have inspired the doctor’s name in Jekyll and Hyde) drew on Arts and Crafts principles to develop relationships between a garden and its home.

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