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Chinese Gardens | Revolutionary Gardening Style

Chinese Gardens were one of its kind. China is the first country to European garden tradition started with the Egyptian’s systematic reclamation of the desert and a limited flora decimated by the ice ages. Development of the Chinese Garden Concept gave a boost to the Modern Garden Architecture. Hence it was considered as a Revolutionary Gardening Style…!!

Chinese Gardens at Pagoda Yunyan Ta

Chinese Gardens at Pagoda Yunyan Ta

On the other hand, China in 2000 BC had abundant flora and a landscape of unimaginable beauty, fertility and variety. The gardener’s contribution was only to order and emphasise. Buildings, bridges, steps and gateways turned wooded lakes into gardens without planting.

The hunting parks of emperors were simply enclosed landscapes. Later a sophisticated nobility looked for more extravagant ideas. The Han Dynasty, contemporary to Roman Empire, unified China.

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English Gardens | Legendary Gardening Style

The English garden or English landscape park is a style of landscape garden which emerged in England in the early 18th century, and spread across Europe, replacing the more formal, symmetrical Spanish Gardening Style of the 17th century as the principal gardening style of Europe.

English Gardening Style developed after the development of Persian Gardening Style and Italian Gardening Style. All these gardening styles were the result of the influence of the Modern Landscape Architecture.

Rotunda at Stowe Garden (1730-38)

Rotunda at Stowe Garden (1730-38)

The English gardens  presented an idealized view of nature and they were designed by gaining the inspiration from the landscape paintings made by Claude Lorraine and Nicolas Poussin.

It usually included a lake, sweeps of gently rolling lawns set against groves of trees, and recreations of classical temples, Gothic ruins, bridges, and other picturesque architecture, designed to recreate an idyllic pastoral landscape. By the end of the eighteenth century the English garden was being imitated by the French Gardening Style.

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