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Grasping the Concept of Garden Design

Aug 17, 2007
Note: after your done reading the following article on the topic "garden design," see a list of research ideas at the end of the article. In the meantime, this article should provide you with a nice summary.

"Of a truth, Knowledge is power, but it is a power reined by scruple, having a conscience of what must be and what may be; whereas Ignorance is a blind giant who, let him but wax unbound, would make it a sport to seize the pillars that hold up the long-wrought fabric of human good, and turn all the places of joy as dark as a buried Babylon."
-George Eliot

Gardens date back to the dawn of civilization. Today's modern materials have opened up many new ideas for creating great gardens. For instance, you could have concrete brick pavers and vinyl fencing to create a beautiful garden today, whereas these items were not available earlier.

There are basically two basic types of a garden design today: formal gardens and informal gardens. Oftentimes it is difficult to distinguish between these types.

Some Types of Informal Gardens

An informal garden is usually built within an existing canopy of trees. These trees are a type of interlocking pavers, which can be used to create paths through this garden. Open spaces can be filled with shade loving plants and ferns. There can also be a small pond or running stream there as a finishing touch.


A great garden design is the Paradise garden, which comes from old Islamic tradition. This type of garden is built with one purpose in mind, and that is to stimulate all five of our senses. For instance, you will smell the sweet flowers, hear the streams or small waterfalls, see the bright colors, eat the berries or fruits and feel the plants' and stones' texture.

Here's what Wikipedia has to say about the topic:
"The Paradise garden is a form of garden, originally just paradise, a word derived from the Avestan language, or Old Persian. Its original meaning was a walled-in compound or garden; from pairi (around) and daeza or diz (wall, brick, or shape). The name has come to be commonly used in English and other European languages as an alternative for heaven. Because of the additional meanings for the word, the enclosed garden of the original concept is now often referred to as a paradise garden."


At first glance, you might also think that an Oriental garden design is informal, but this is not true. This garden is actually very formal and uses the spatial arrangement of elements purposefully. As such, the Oriental garden really is the epitome of elegance and style.

In this garden everything has meaning and symbolism. The mixture of plants, stones and water is carefully chosen as to understate the various themes that are within this garden. With this in mind, nothing is excessive, but everything should is found in natural proportion.


A Woodland garden uses this design but there are several others that also fall within this classification also. These include gardens such as the container garden (here the soil is replaced with containers and large concrete vases due to a lack of space) and the wildflower garden (this garden contains wildflowers growing in a mixed disarray).

Of course, it is up to you to create the perfect garden for you to enjoy. It does not have to follow either a formal or informal garden design; it simply has to be something that you are happy with. All that is required is your hands and your imagination.

If you are still looking for more on this topic, consider the following:
1) DVDs - there are now educational DVDs on many different topics
2) Audio CDs - if you are not interested in reading a book on the topic, then get an audio CD
3) The phone book - look in the phone book, you'll be surprised at what you might find
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