Reflecting on the Importance of Water in Ancient Roman Gardens
Garden and Landscapes / History / Roman Empire / Uncategorized

Reflecting on the Importance of Water in Ancient Roman Gardens


“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero In the dictionary, importance is an adjective describing something as having great significance. Water was of great significance to Roman Gardens. Ancient Romans viewed water not only as a necessity of life, but also as a thing of … Continue reading

Nineteenth Century High Victorian Gardens
Garden and Landscapes / History / International

Nineteenth Century High Victorian Gardens


The nineteenth century horticulture found in Europe is both vast and confusing. There was a significant leap in garden design and this created a long list of notable garden. This makes it difficult to select only a few to encompass all the developments in style, ideas and approaches that emerged during the era. Two particular styles comes to … Continue reading

Het Loo Garden the “Versailles of Holland”
Garden and Landscapes / International / Netherlands

Het Loo Garden the “Versailles of Holland”


After the emense success of Vaux-le-Vicomte and Versailles in France, inspiration of great magnitude spread through Europe. The french formal garden became the obsession of garden designers – they coveted it’s size, fame and it’s ability to manipulate nature. So sprung a series of gardens throughout the continent that would mimic formal vocabulary. This included … Continue reading

Humphry Repton
England / Garden and Landscapes / History / International

Humphry Repton


Humphry Repton (1752 – 1818) was one of the last greatest English landscape designers of the eighteenth century. He mastered both his craft and self-promotion. Repton had several commissions of gardens and with his growing popularity, he had decided to publish a book of Sketches and Hints on Landscape Gardening in 1795. This book followed the layout … Continue reading

Le Nôtre’s Versailles
France / Garden and Landscapes / Historic Preservation / History / International

Le Nôtre’s Versailles


The Sun King’s Garden In yesterday’s post I spoke about Le Nôtre’s Vaux-le-Vicomte garden.Today I will take time to describe his other greatest masterpiece, the Versailles garden, which was in fact inspired by the grounds of Fouquet’s Vaux-le -Victomte. As we left off in the story, Louis XIV had requested for a royal tour of the … Continue reading