City greenery · Sustainability

Synanthropic plants in green areas

The origin of this word comes from the Greek: "syn" means "together with" "anthro" means "man, human" so "together with a man". A synanthrope  is a member of a species of wild animals and plants which live near humans and at the same time benefit from that and are ecologically associated with humans. Among plants,… Continue reading Synanthropic plants in green areas

Historical gardens

Difference between Arabic and European fountains

The water is an important and essential part in almost all garden types and styles and plays a few various roles. It is quite often presented in the form of a fountain, which was used for many centuries in different parts of the world. Still there is a distinctive difference between fountains built in Europe… Continue reading Difference between Arabic and European fountains

Historical gardens

Dictionary of medieval garden part 2

Recently we had a look at some basic vocabulary, connected with medieval gardens. Now, let's continue a little this topic. . Types of medieval garden Abbot’s garden – having ornamental and representational function, located outside monastery where an abbot received lay guests. Herbularius (also called Hortus medicus) – garden of medical plants, prototype of botanical… Continue reading Dictionary of medieval garden part 2

Historical gardens

Dictionary of medieval gardens

There was only a little remained of ancient garden culture in Europe after the Great Migration period but it is not true that nothing left. At first, the gardens recovered in monasteries and then spread again to private residences. Let’s look at most typical topics connected with gardens from this period. Parts of garden and… Continue reading Dictionary of medieval gardens

Historical gardens · Horticulture · Sustainability

Water history in gardens – Qanats

The origin of word "qanat" comes from a Semitic word meaning "to dig". In ancient times, still a few thousand years ago, Persian started to build underground constructions of channels which allowed to transport water for long distances. These constructions consisted of underground channels sloped gently down from mountains regions, from where the water was… Continue reading Water history in gardens – Qanats

Historical gardens · Horticulture

Water history in gardens – ancient times

The history of gardens is in a way a history of water arrangements. Only when a man posed the ability to control the level of water supply, was also able to cultivate plants in various conditions. Ancient Egypt The first ancient gardens existed already in Ancient Egypt. The whole agriculture of ancient Egypt depended on… Continue reading Water history in gardens – ancient times

Historical gardens · Horticulture · Sustainability

Water control systems in ancient times

Who has the access to the water, has the power. Already people in ancient time were aware of that fact and therefore they put a lot of efforts in water control management. It included the storage and the transportation of water resources. Let’s look at some most famous constructions and devices used for these purposes… Continue reading Water control systems in ancient times