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A garden is a planned space, usually outdoors, set aside for the display, cultivation, or enjoyment of plants and other forms of nature, as an ideal setting for social or solitary human life. The single feature identifying even the wildest wild garden is control. The garden can incorporate both natural and man-made materials.

Gardens often have design features including statuary, follies, pergolas, trellises, stumperies, dry creek beds and water features such as fountains, ponds (with or without fish), waterfalls or creeks. Some gardens are for ornamental purposes only, while others 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 or self-sustenance rather than producing for sale, as in a market garden). Flower gardens combine plants of different heights, colors, textures, and fragrances to create interest and delight the senses.

Landscape architecture is a related professional activity with landscape architects tending to engage in design at many scales and working on both public and private projects.

The most common form today is a residential or public 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. Western gardens are almost universally based on plants, with garden, which etymologically implies enclosure, often signifying a shortened form of botanical garden. Some traditional types of eastern gardens, such as Zen gardens, however, use plants sparsely or not at all. Landscape gardens, on the other hand, such as the English landscape gardens first developed in the 18th century, may omit flowers altogether.

Garden Media

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Funeral Ritual in a Garden, Tomb of Minnakht
Architectural Drawing of a Garden
Architectural Drawing of a Garden
Hanging Showing Euthenia in a Garden
Model of a Porch and Garden
Funeral Ritual in a Garden, Tomb of Minnakht
Model of a Porch and Garden
Pieces from a Kosode with Flowers, Vines, and Garden Fence
Chinese Box with garden scene, Ming dynasty
Piece from a Summer Kosode (katabira) with Ivy and Garden Fence
Textile with Leaves and Garden Fence
Snuff bottle with women and children in a garden
Snuff Bottle with Figures in a Garden
Four armed Ganesha exhibited in the garden of the assistent-resident of Wonosobo (provenance Dieng plateau). Wonosobo, Wonosobo district, Central Java province, 10th century.
Bowl with Musicians in a Garden
Chinese Dish with Garden Scene

Chinese Dish with Garden Scene

Jin dynasty (1115–1234)

Children Playing in the Palace Garden
Chinese Dish with Garden Scene
Bowl with Musicians in a Garden
Garden of Pleasures from BL Eg 1069, f. 1

Garden of Pleasures from BL Eg 1069, f. 1

Miniature of the Lover seeking the entrance to the Garden of Pleasures, from Le Roman de la Rose. Image taken from f. 1 of Roman de la Rose. Written in French.

The Agony in the Garden: Christ prays in Gethsemane
Garden of Pleasure from BL Harley 4425, f. 12v

Garden of Pleasure from BL Harley 4425, f. 12v

Detail of a miniature of the Garden of Pleasure, with lords and ladies beside a fountain, some reading, some singing, one playing the lute. Image taken from f. 12v of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose... More

Dish with Children in a Garden
Garden, a river, and mills from BL Harley 4979, f. 4v

Garden, a river, and mills from BL Harley 4979, f. 4v

Detail of a miniature of a garden, a river, and mills, with inscriptions which read: 'le fonteine qui arouse les baumiers' (the fountain which waters the balm [plants]); 'li gardiins du baume' (the garden of ba... More

Garden of Pleasure from BL Harley 4425, f. 12v

Garden of Pleasure from BL Harley 4425, f. 12v

Detail of a miniature of a scene in the Garden of Pleasure with the Lover and Dame Oiseuse (Idleness) outside; text and trompe l'oeil borders of flowers and birds; detail showing a lutenist and singers. Image t... More

Garden of Pleasure from BL Harley 4425, f. 12v

Garden of Pleasure from BL Harley 4425, f. 12v

Miniature of a scene in the Garden of Pleasure with the Lover and Dame Oiseuse (Idleness) outside; text and trompe l'oeil borders of flowers and birds. Image taken from f. 12v of Roman de la Rose (index Romance... More

Agony in the Garden from BL YT 31, f. 234v

Agony in the Garden from BL YT 31, f. 234v

Miniature of Christ kneeling in prayer as an angel brings him a cup during the Agony in the Garden; the Apostles are asleep below, in Matfré Ermengau of Béziers's Breviari d'Amour. Image taken from f. 234v of B... More

Garden of Pleasure from BL Harley 4425, f. 12v

Garden of Pleasure from BL Harley 4425, f. 12v

Detail of a miniature of a scene in the Garden of Pleasure with the Lover and Dame Oiseuse (Idleness) outside; text and trompe l'oeil borders of flowers and birds. Image taken from f. 12v of Roman de la Rose (i... More

Nature in a garden from BL Harley 4425, f. 161v

Nature in a garden from BL Harley 4425, f. 161v

Detail of a miniature of Nature in a garden. Image taken from f. 161v of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French.

Grandes chroniques de France Jean Fouquet: Garden Scene, illuminated manuscript
Manuscript Leaf with the Agony in the Garden and Betrayal of Christ, from a Royal Psalter
元末明初    佚名    絹本設色    嬰戯圖  軸|Children playing in the palace garden
The Agony in the Garden: Christ prays in Gethsemane
Chinese Dish with garden scene, Ming dynasty
Agony in the Garden from BL Harley 3000, f. 44v

Agony in the Garden from BL Harley 3000, f. 44v

Detail of a miniature of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane with foliate borders, at the beginning of the Hours of the Virgin. Image taken from f. 44v of Book of Hours, Use of Sarum, and Psalter. Written in Latin.

Agony in the Garden from BL YT 3, f. 120

Agony in the Garden from BL YT 3, f. 120

Detail of a miniature of the Agony in the Garden, at the beginning of Matins of the Passion. Image taken from f. 120 of Book of Hours, Use of Rome ('The Dunois Hours'). Written in Latin, with a French calendar.

The Agony in the Garden: Christ prays in Gethsemane
Chinese Flowers and Garden Rock
The sealed fountain in the enclosed garden (Hortus conclusus and Fons signatus)
The Agony in the Garden: Christ prays in Gethsemane
Christ in the Garden from BL Sloane 2683, f. 30v

Christ in the Garden from BL Sloane 2683, f. 30v

Miniature of Christ in the garden. Image taken from f. 30v of Book of Hours, Use of Sarum. Written in Latin.

The Agony in the Garden
Christ in the garden of Gethsemane from BL Stowe 18, f. 21

Christ in the garden of Gethsemane from BL Stowe 18, f. 21

Historiated initial 'D'(omine) with Christ in the garden of Gethsemane, and full foliate border, at the beginning of Matins in the Hours of the Virgin. Image taken from f. 21 of Book of Hours, Use of Rome. Writ... More

Garden from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 15v

Garden from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 15v

Detail of a miniature of a garden or flowery field referring to 'Prato'. Image taken from f. 15v of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). ... More

Allegorical garden
The Agony in the Garden: Christ prays in Gethsemane
Agony in the Garden: Christ prays in Gethsemane
The Agony in the Garden: Christ prays in Gethsemane
Agony in the Garden from BL Harley 5319, f. 113v

Agony in the Garden from BL Harley 5319, f. 113v

Miniature Christ praying and apostles sleeping during the Agony in the Garden. Image taken from f. 113v of Prayer book (Fifteen Oes of St Bridget), imperfect. Written in Latin.

Idleness opening the doors of the Garden of Love for Amant
Agony in the Garden from BL Harley 2982, f. 16

Agony in the Garden from BL Harley 2982, f. 16

Miniature of the Agony in the Garden. Image taken from f. 16 of Book of Hours, Use of Sarum. Written in Latin.

Tray with women and boys on a garden terrace
The feast of Ahasuerus: he gives a banquet; the vine in the garden is made of silver, gold and precious stones
Symbol of St. John: eagle, with (13) wash basin, (14) heart, (15) vine-tendril, (16) Jew-hat, (17) paten, (18) Garden of Gethsemane, (19) mocker, (20) three ointment-jars, (21) Christ puts two fingers [of Thomas] in his wound
Agony in the Garden from BL YT 13, f. 118v

Agony in the Garden from BL YT 13, f. 118v

Miniature of Christ praying in the Garden of Gethsemene; below a crowned woman (probably the first owner of the manuscript) kneels in prayer with a crowned and bearded man. Image taken from f. 118v of Book of H... More

The Agony in the Garden: Christ prays in Gethsemane (1st of 5)
元 剔紅仕女嬰戲圖漆盤|Tray with women and boys on a garden terrace
Scenes from the Garden of Eden: creation of Adam; God blesses Adam and Eve; Adam and Eve and the serpent; Adam and Eve expelled from paradise [start of the original (Roman) foliation]
Garden from BL Sloane 4016, f. 10v

Garden from BL Sloane 4016, f. 10v

Miniature of the balsam garden of Cairo (Fustat), with seven pools of water and jars to catch the balsam, a plant in the centre, with two knights in armour flanking the gate, with shields with heraldic arms. Im... More

VO Agony in the Garden: Christ prays in Gethsemane, with apostles sleeping; the hand of God appears over a chalice
The Agony in the Garden: Christ prays in Gethsemane
Garden from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 15v

Garden from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 15v

Detail of a miniature of a garden or flowery field referring to 'Prato'. Image taken from f. 15v of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). ... More

Agony in the Garden from BL Harley 2982, f. 16

Agony in the Garden from BL Harley 2982, f. 16

Detail of miniature of the Agony in the Garden. Image taken from f. 16 of Book of Hours, Use of Sarum. Written in Latin.

Agony in the Garden from BL Harley 2884, f. 113v

Agony in the Garden from BL Harley 2884, f. 113v

Full-page miniature of the Agony in the Garden at the beginning of Matins in the Hours of the Virgin. Image taken from f. 113v of Book of Hours, Use of Rome. Written in Latin.

Garden of Gethsemane from BL Harley 2985, f. 41v

Garden of Gethsemane from BL Harley 2985, f. 41v

Miniature of the Garden of Gethsemane and foliate borders, at the beginning of the Hours of the Virgin. Image taken from f. 41v of Book of Hours, Use of Sarum. Written in Latin.

Christ in the Garden of Gethsemene from BL Harley 7359, f. 13

Christ in the Garden of Gethsemene from BL Harley 7359, f. 13

Scatter border with flowers, a strawberry plant, insects, and a bird, a half-page miniature of Christ praying in the Garden of Gethsemene, and a large initial 'O'. Image taken from f. 13 of Book of Hours (ff. 1... More

Stations of the cross (2): Agony in the garden
Garden from BL Sloane 4016, f. 108v

Garden from BL Sloane 4016, f. 108v

Miniature of plants, a walled garden, a wolf, a man fishing in a stream with a net, and a vulture pecking a carcass of an animal. Image taken from f. 108v of Herbal. Written in Latin.

Lozenge-shaped dish with garden scene
Garden Orach; Rose; Anthora Monkshood from BL Eg 747, f. 11

Garden Orach; Rose; Anthora Monkshood from BL Eg 747, f. 11

Miniature of an atriplex, or garden orach plant; miniature of an anthera, or rose plant (possibly ~Rosa gallica~); miniature of an anthora, or anthora monkshood plant. Image taken from f. 11 of Tractatus de her... More

Agony in the Garden from BL Harley 3000, f. 44v

Agony in the Garden from BL Harley 3000, f. 44v

Miniature of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane with foliate borders, at the beginning of the Hours of the Virgin. Image taken from f. 44v of Book of Hours, Use of Sarum, and Psalter. Written in Latin.

Gathering of Scholars at the Western Garden
明初   剔紅庭園高士圖漆盤|Dish with garden scene
Landscape (Garden Estate), scroll painting
The Agony in the Garden: Christ prays in Gethsemane
The two elders spy upon Susanna walking in the garden
The Agony in the Garden
The Agony in the Garden
Garden of Eden from BL Royal 15 D III, f. 3

Garden of Eden from BL Royal 15 D III, f. 3

Miniature of the Garden of Eden, with Adam and Eve, and God enthroned. Image taken from f. 3 of Bible historiale, the early version. Written in French.

Judas Entering the Garden of Gethsemane to Betray Christ
Puppies Playing beside a Palm Tree and Garden Rock
明早期    剔紅庭院高仕圖菱形漆盤|Lozenge-shaped dish with garden scene
Judas Entering the Garden of Gethsemane to Betray Christ
明永樂     剔紅高仕撫琴圖漆盒|Box with scene of a zither (qin) gathering
Wine Drinking in a Spring Garden
Free Copy of Giotto's Navicella (recto); Copy of Adam in Masaccio's Expulsion from the Garden of Eden, and other Figure Studies (verso)
Free Copy of Giotto's Navicella (recto); Copy of Adam in Masaccio's Expulsion from the Garden of Eden, and other Figure Studies (verso)
明  傳謝環  杏園雅集圖  卷|Elegant Gathering in the Apricot Garden
Wine Drinking in a Spring Garden
The Agony in the Garden: Christ prays in Gethsemane
Elegant Gathering in the Apricot Garden, Ming dynasty
Courtiers in a Rose Garden: Two Ladies and Two Gentlemen
Courtiers in a Rose Garden: Two Ladies and Two Gentlemen
Courtiers in a Rose Garden: A Lady and Two Gentlemen
Courtiers in a Rose Garden: A Lady and Two Gentlemen
Courtiers in a Rose Garden: Four Gentlemen and Four Ladies
Seven sorrows of the Virgin (4): Christ led away from the Garden of Gethsemane to Jerusalem; one of the apostles informs Mary about the arrest
Figures in a Rose Garden
Stations of the cross (2): Agony in the garden
The sealed fountain in the enclosed garden ( Hortus conclusus and Fons signatus)
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