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A garden is a planned space, usually outdoors, set aside for the display, cultivation and enjoyment of plants and other forms of nature. The garden can incorporate both natural and man-made materials. The most common form today is known as a residential garden, but the term garden has traditionally been a more general one. Zoos, which display wild animals in simulated natural habitats, were formerly called zoological gardens.[1][2] Western gardens are almost universally based on plants, with garden often signifying a shortened form of botanical garden. Some traditional types of eastern gardens, such as Zen gardens, use plants sparsely or not at all. Xeriscape gardens use local native plants that do not require irrigation or extensive use of other resources while still providing the benefits of a garden environment. Gardens may exhibit structural enhancements, sometimes called follies, including water features such as fountains, ponds (with or without fish), waterfalls or creeks, dry creek beds, statuary, arbors, trellises and more. Some gardens are for ornamental purposes only, while some gardens also produce food crops, sometimes in separate areas, or sometimes intermixed with the ornamental plants. Food-producing gardens are distinguished from farms by their smaller scale, more labor-intensive methods, and their purpose (enjoyment of a hobby rather than produce for sale). Flower
Flower
gardens combine plants of different heights, colors, textures, and fragrances to create interest and delight the senses. Gardening
Gardening
is the activity of growing and maintaining the garden. This work is done by an amateur or professional gardener. A gardener might also work in a non-garden setting, such as a park, a roadside embankment, or other public space. Landscape architecture
Landscape architecture
is a related professional activity with landscape architects tending to specialise in design for public and corporate clients.

Contents

1 Etymology 2 Garden
Garden
design 3 Elements of a garden 4 Uses for the garden space 5 Types of gardens 6 Environmental impacts of gardens 7 Watering gardens 8 Wildlife
Wildlife
in gardens 9 Climate change
Climate change
and gardens 10 In religion, art, and literature 11 Other similar spaces 12 See also 13 Notes 14 External links

Etymology[edit]

Nicosia municipal gardens, Cyprus

The etymology of the word gardening refers to enclosure: it is from Middle English gardin, from Anglo-French gardin, jardin, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German gard, gart, an enclosure or compound, as in Stuttgart. See Grad (Slavic settlement)
Grad (Slavic settlement)
for more complete etymology.[3] The words yard, court, and Latin hortus (meaning "garden," hence horticulture and orchard), are cognates—all referring to an enclosed space.[4] The term "garden" in British English
British English
refers to a small enclosed area of land, usually adjoining a building.[5] This would be referred to as a yard in American English. Garden
Garden
design[edit] Main article: Garden
Garden
design Garden design
Garden design
is the creation of plans for the layout and planting of gardens and landscapes. Gardens may be designed by garden owners themselves, or by professionals. Professional garden designers tend to be trained in principles of design and horticulture, and have a knowledge and experience of using plants. Some professional garden designers are also landscape architects, a more formal level of training that usually requires an advanced degree and often a state license. Elements of garden design include the layout of hard landscape, such as paths, rockeries, walls, water features, sitting areas and decking, as well as the plants themselves, with consideration for their horticultural requirements, their season-to-season appearance, lifespan, growth habit, size, speed of growth, and combinations with other plants and landscape features. Consideration is also given to the maintenance needs of the garden, including the time or funds available for regular maintenance, which can affect the choices of plants regarding speed of growth, spreading or self-seeding of the plants, whether annual or perennial, and bloom-time, and many other characteristics. Garden design
Garden design
can be roughly divided into two groups, formal and naturalistic gardens.[6] The most important consideration in any garden design is, how the garden will be used, followed closely by the desired stylistic genres, and the way the garden space will connect to the home or other structures in the surrounding areas. All of these considerations are subject to the limitations of the budget. Budget limitations can be addressed by a simpler garden style with fewer plants and less costly hardscape materials, seeds rather than sod for lawns, and plants that grow quickly; alternatively, garden owners may choose to create their garden over time, area by area.

Example of a garden attached to a place of worship: the cloister of the Abbey of Monreale, Sicily, Italy 

The Sunken Garden
Garden
of Butchart Gardens, Victoria, British Columbia 

Gardens of Versailles
Gardens of Versailles
(France) 

The back garden of the Umaid Bhawan Palace
Umaid Bhawan Palace
in Jodhpur, India 

Tropical garden
Tropical garden
in the Faculty of Science, National University of Singapore
Singapore
in Singapore 

Flower-bed with the date in Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy 

Gardens at Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Virginia, feature many heirloom varieties of plants. 

Shitennō-ji
Shitennō-ji
Honbo Garden
Garden
in Osaka, Osaka
Osaka
prefecture, Japan
Japan
- an example of a zen garden. 

Elements of a garden[edit]

Garden
Garden
at the centre of intersection in Shanghai.

Naturalistic design of a Chinese garden
Chinese garden
incorporated into the landscape, including a pavilion

Garden
Garden
with Fountains, Villa d'Este, Italy.

Most gardens consist of a mix of natural and constructed elements, although even very 'natural' gardens are always an inherently artificial creation. Natural elements present in a garden principally comprise flora (such as trees and weeds), fauna (such as arthropods and birds), soil, water, air and light. Constructed elements include paths, patios, decking, sculptures, drainage systems, lights and buildings (such as sheds, gazebos, pergolas and follies), but also living constructions such as flower beds, ponds and lawns. Uses for the garden space[edit]

Partial view from the Botanical Garden of Curitiba
Botanical Garden of Curitiba
(Southern Brazil): parterres, flowers, fountains, sculptures, greenhouses and tracks composes the place used for recreation and to study and protect the flora.

A garden can have aesthetic, functional, and recreational uses:

Cooperation with nature

Plant
Plant
cultivation Garden-based learning

Observation of nature

Bird- and insect-watching Reflection on the changing seasons

Relaxation

Family dinners on the terrace Children playing in the garden Reading and relaxing in the hammock Maintaining the flowerbeds Pottering in the shed Cottaging in the bushes Basking in warm sunshine Escaping oppressive sunlight and heat

Growing useful produce

Flowers to cut and bring inside for indoor beauty Fresh herbs and vegetables for cooking

Types of gardens[edit]

A typical Italian garden at Villa Garzoni, near Pistoia

Back garden

Checkered garden in Tours, France

Cactus garden

Zen garden, Ryōan-ji

French formal garden
French formal garden
in the Loire Valley

Bristol Zoo, England

Castelo Branco, Portugal

Hualien, Taiwan

The Italian gardens
Italian gardens
of El Escorial, Spain

An ornamental garden in the Auburn Botanical Gardens, Sydney, Australia

Gardens may feature a particular plant or plant type(s);

Back garden Bog garden Cactus garden Color garden Fernery Flower
Flower
garden Front yard Kitchen garden Mary garden Orangery Orchard Rose garden Shade garden Vineyard Wildflower garden Winter garden

Gardens may feature a particular style or aesthetic:

Bonsai Chinese garden Dutch garden English landscape garden Gardens of the French Renaissance French formal garden French landscape garden Italian Renaissance garden Japanese garden Knot garden Korean garden Mughal garden Natural landscaping Persian garden Pollinator garden Roman gardens Spanish garden Terrarium Trial garden Tropical garden Water garden Wild garden Xeriscaping Zen garden

Types of garden:

Botanical garden Butterfly garden Butterfly zoo Chinampa Cold frame
Cold frame
garden Community garden Container garden Cottage garden Cutting garden Forest garden Garden
Garden
conservatory Green wall Greenhouse Hanging garden Hydroponic garden Market garden Rain garden Raised bed gardening Residential garden Roof garden Sacred garden Sensory garden Square foot garden Vertical garden Walled garden Windowbox Zoological garden

Environmental impacts of gardens[edit] Gardeners may cause environmental damage by the way they garden, or they may enhance their local environment. Damage by gardeners can include direct destruction of natural habitats when houses and gardens are created; indirect habitat destruction and damage to provide garden materials such as peat, rock for rock gardens, and by the use of tapwater to irrigate gardens; the death of living beings in the garden itself, such as the killing not only of slugs and snails but also their predators such as hedgehogs and song thrushes by metaldehyde slug killer; the death of living beings outside the garden, such as local species extinction by indiscriminate plant collectors; and climate change caused by greenhouse gases produced by gardening. Watering gardens[edit] Some gardeners manage their gardens without using any water from outside the garden, and therefore do not deprive wetland habitats of the water they need to survive. Examples in Britain include Ventnor Botanic Garden
Garden
on the Isle of Wight, and parts of Beth Chatto's garden in Essex, Sticky Wicket garden in Dorset, and the Royal Horticultural Society's gardens at Harlow Carr and Hyde Hall. Rain gardens absorb rainfall falling onto nearby hard surfaces, rather than sending it into stormwater drains.[7] For irrigation, see rainwater, sprinkler system, drip irrigation, tap water, greywater, hand pump and watering can. Wildlife
Wildlife
in gardens[edit] Chris Baines's classic book 'How to make a wildlife garden'[8] was first published in 1985, and is still a good source of advice on how to create and manage a wildlife garden. Climate change
Climate change
and gardens[edit] Climate change
Climate change
will have many impacts on gardens, most of them negative, and these are detailed in ' Gardening
Gardening
in the Global Greenhouse' by Richard Bisgrove and Paul Hadley.[9] Gardens also contribute to climate change. Greenhouse
Greenhouse
gases can be produced by gardeners in many ways. The three main greenhouse gases are carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide. Gardeners produce carbon dioxide directly by overcultivating soil and destroying soil carbon, by burning garden 'waste' on bonfires, by using power tools which burn fossil fuel or use electricity generated by fossil fuels, and by using peat. Gardeners produce methane by compacting the soil and making it anaerobic, and by allowing their compost heaps to become compacted and anaerobic. Gardeners produce nitrous oxide by applying excess nitrogen fertiliser when plants are not actively growing so that the nitrogen in the fertiliser is converted by soil bacteria to nitrous oxide. Gardeners can help to prevent climate change in many ways, including the use of trees, shrubs, ground cover plants and other perennial plants in their gardens, turning garden 'waste' into soil organic matter instead of burning it, keeping soil and compost heaps aerated, avoiding peat, switching from power tools to hand tools or changing their garden design so that power tools are not needed, and using nitrogen-fixing plants instead of nitrogen fertiliser.[10] In religion, art, and literature[edit]

Great Maytham Hall
Great Maytham Hall
Garden, Kent, England, inspiration for Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden

The Garden
Garden
of Eden Romance of the Rose Nathaniel Hawthorne's short-story "Rappaccini's Daughter" Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera La finta giardiniera Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden Elizabeth von Arnim's novels Elizabeth and Her German Garden and Solitary Summer John Steinbeck's short-story The Chrysanthemums John Berendt's novel Midnight in the Garden
Garden
of Good and Evil In Daphne du Maurier's novel Rebecca the unnamed narrator discovers that her husband loves his house and garden at Manderley so much that he murdered his first wife, Rebecca, when she told him she was pregnant with somebody else's child and that the child would inherit Manderley.

Other similar spaces[edit] Other outdoor spaces that are similar to gardens include:

A landscape is an outdoor space of a larger scale, natural or designed, usually unenclosed and considered from a distance. A park is a planned outdoor space, usually enclosed ('imparked') and of a larger size. Public parks are for public use. An arboretum is a planned outdoor space, usually large, for the display and study of trees. A farm or orchard is for the production of food stuff. A botanical garden is a type of garden where plants are grown both for scientific purposes and for the enjoyment and education of visitors. A zoological garden, or zoo for short, is a place where wild animals are cared for and exhibited to the public. A Kindergarten
Kindergarten
is a preschool educational institution for children and in the very sense of the word should have access or be part of a garden. A Männergarten
Männergarten
is a temporary day-care and activities space for men in German-speaking countries while their wives or girlfriends go shopping. Historically, the expression has also been used for gender-specific sections in lunatic asylums, monasteries and clinics.[11]

See also[edit]

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Gardening
portal Plants portal

Around the World in 80 Gardens Bāgh Baug Bottle garden Climate-friendly gardening Community gardening Garden
Garden
centre Garden
Garden
tourism Gardener Gardening Heritage Gardens in Australia History of gardening Hortus conclusus List of botanical gardens List of companion plants List of gardens Museum of Garden
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History National Public Gardens Day Paradise, originally from an Iranian word meaning "enclosed," related to Garden
Garden
of Eden Verde Pulgar, a software application that assists with gardening The Victory Garden
Garden
TV series Walled garden Water garden

Notes[edit]

^ Garden
Garden
history : philosophy and design, 2000 BC--2000 AD, Tom Turner. New York: Spon Press, 2005. ISBN 0-415-31748-7 ^ The earth knows my name : food, culture, and sustainability in the gardens of ethnic Americans, Patricia Klindienst. Boston: Beacon Press, c2006. ISBN 0-8070-8562-6 ^ "Etymology of the modern word gardin". Merriam Webster.  ^ "Etymology of words referring to enclosures, probably from a Sanskrit stem. In German, for example, Stuttgart. The word is generic for compounds and walled cities, as in Stalingrad, and the Russian word for city, gorod. Gird and girdle are also related". Yourdictionary.com. Archived from the original on 2010-02-13.  ^ The Compact Oxford English Dictionary ^ Chen, Gang (2010). Planting design illustrated (2nd ed.). Outskirts Press, Inc. p. 3. ISBN 978-1-4327-4197-6.  ^ Dunnett and Clayden, Nigel and Andy (2007). Rain Gardens: Managing Water Sustainably in the Garden
Garden
and Designed Landscape. Portland, Oregon, USA: Timber Press. ISBN 978-0881928266.  ^ Baines, Chris (2000). How to make a wildlife garden. London: Frances Lincoln. ISBN 978-0711217119.  ^ Bisgrove and Hadley, Richard and Paul (2002). Gardening
Gardening
in the Global Greenhouse: The impacts of climate change on gardens in the UK. Oxford: UK Climate Impacts Programme.  ^ Ingram, Vince-Prue, and Gregory (editors), David S., Daphne, and Peter J. (2008). Science and the Garden: The scientific basis of horticultural practice. Oxford: Blackwell. ISBN 9781405160636. CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link) ^ See: Jakob Fischel, Prag's K. K. Irrenanstalt und ihr Wirken seit ihrem Entstehen bis incl. 1850. Erlangen: Enke, 1853, OCLC 14844310 (in German)

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