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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.

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Dish with Garden Scene

Dish with Garden Scene

Jin dynasty (1115–1234)

Longfellow House Garden, looking toward North Facade, 1904-1908

Longfellow House Garden, looking toward North Facade, 1904-1908

Collodion print taken from north side of Longfellow House garden showing lattice work fence with two gates (1904- ). Also visible is the North Facade. Visible are: billiard room [1858-1905], 2nd story veranda [... more

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.

Agony in the Garden from BL Royal 15 D I, f. 340v

Agony in the Garden from BL Royal 15 D I, f. 340v

Detail of a miniature of the Agony in the Garden. Image taken from f. 340v of La Bible Historiale, part 4 (Bible Historiale of Edward IV). Written in French.

Agony in the Garden from BL Royal 15 D I, f. 340v

Agony in the Garden from BL Royal 15 D I, f. 340v

Miniature of the Agony in the Garden, with a partial border. Image taken from f. 340v of La Bible Historiale, part 4 (Bible Historiale of Edward IV). Written in French.

Man digging in a pleasure garden from BL Royal 14 E VI, f. 208

Man digging in a pleasure garden from BL Royal 14 E VI, f. 208

Miniature of a man digging in a pleasure garden, with a partial bar border, at the beginning of book 8. Image taken from f. 208 of Ruralia commoda in French translation (Rustican des ruraulx prouffiz du labour ... more

Herb garden from BL Royal 14 E VI, f. 157

Herb garden from BL Royal 14 E VI, f. 157

Detail of a miniature of the author and a gardener in a herb garden, at the beginning of book VI. Image taken from f. 157 of Ruralia commoda in French translation (Rustican des ruraulx prouffiz du labour des ch... more

Man digging in a pleasure garden from BL Royal 14 E VI, f. 208

Man digging in a pleasure garden from BL Royal 14 E VI, f. 208

Detail of a miniature of a man digging in a pleasure garden, with an illuminated initial 'D', at the beginning of book 8. Image taken from f. 208 of Ruralia commoda in French translation (Rustican des ruraulx p... more

[Adam and Eve in Garden]

[Adam and Eve in Garden]

Illus. in: Liber chronicarum. German. Nuremberg, Anton Koberger, 23 Dec. 1493. Reference copy may be available in LOT 4444 A. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: ... more

The Agony in the Garden

The Agony in the Garden

Anonymous, Italian, 16th century (Italian, active Central Italy, ca. 1550–1580)

Agony in the Garden

Agony in the Garden

German , Franconia

[Garden with people and apparatus for distilling a plant's medicinal essences]

[Garden with people and apparatus for distilling a plant's medicinal e...

Frontispiece in: Kleines Distillierbuch / Hieronymous Brunschig. Strassburg : J. Gruniger, 1500. Published in: The tradition of science / Leonard C. Bruno. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, 1987, p. 179.

Panel with the Garden of Gesthemane

Panel with the Garden of Gesthemane

Made in Normandy, France

Garden Seat

Garden Seat

Ming dynasty (1368–1644)

Garden of Eden; Creation of the Animals

Garden of Eden; Creation of the Animals

Anonymous, Netherlandish, 16th century

Allegory of the Twelve Labors of Hercules Statues in a Circular Garden

Allegory of the Twelve Labors of Hercules Statues in a Circular Garden

Matthaeus Greuter (German, Strassburg ca. 1566–1638 Rome)

The Garden of Love

The Garden of Love

After Jörg Breu the Younger (German, Augsburg ca. 1510–1547 Augsburg)

The Franciscan, Pelbart of Temesvar, Studying in a Garden (Schr. 2876)
The Agony in the Garden, from Speculum passionis domini nostri Ihesu Christi

The Agony in the Garden, from Speculum passionis domini nostri Ihesu C...

Hans Schäufelein (German, Nuremberg ca. 1480–ca. 1540 Nördlingen)

The Garden of Love

The Garden of Love

Made in Brussels

Agony in the Garden

Agony in the Garden

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Agony in the Garden

Agony in the Garden

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Agony in the Garden

Agony in the Garden

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Agony in the Garden

Agony in the Garden

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Summer Garden

Summer Garden

Chen Chun (Chinese, 1483–1544) Ming dynasty (1368–1644)