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

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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

Historical gardens

Patte d’oie – What has a goose and a baroque in common?

One is a popular breeding animal  and the other one is an art type. Have they something in common?  In fact, yes and even a lot. The baroque garden was a very formal one with straight paths as a part of its layout. One of most popular designs  of road systems of Baroque style consisted… Continue reading Patte d’oie – What has a goose and a baroque in common?

City greenery · Sustainability

Implementation of Howard’s idea of garden city

  In my last article I have written about Howard's idea of a garden city. It hasn't finished on the theoretical idea but there were (and are) quite many attempts to realize Howard’s ideas in practice. The most famous ones were: Letchworth, projected by Raymond Unwin and Barry Parker in England near London. The construction… Continue reading Implementation of Howard’s idea of garden city