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Garden Glossary

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Abreuvoir A drinking place for animals, sometimes treated as a garden ornament
Abstract A design concept that has a generalized form with very little attempt at precise representation
Accent Plants Accent plants provide interest and generally stand out in the landscape to enhance the garden theme and provide dimension to the overall composition.
Access Way or means of approaching and idea or place
Adaptation This is an adjustment to a landscape concept that is common elsewhere, but adjusted to be accommodated in any given plan.
Adonis garden Groupings of small gardens in terra cotta pots. Supposedly they were placed outside Adonis temples during festivals
Aesthetics The perception of beauty in the garden plan or the site where the garden is situated
Alcove An alcove is a curved recess in a wall or hedge and often used to house a sculpture, a seat or a fountain
Allee An allee is a walk bordered with trees or clipped hedges
Allegory A design technique used symbolically to represent a picture or idea
Allotment Garden A small parcel of land rented by an individual for growing vegetables, fruit & flowers
Amphitheatre A round structure, with tiers of seats rising gradually outward from a central area
Anachronism The placing of a garden theme or element in a venue where is does not belong
Analogy A resemblance in some particulars between things otherwise unlike each other
Analysis An investigation of the nature and content of a design process and its relationship to the whole
Anglo-chinois A French term for the Serpentine Style of garden layout
Annual Gardens Annuals need to be replanted each year as their life span is limited by genetics or climate. Annuals are usually desired for their drama and color.
Anomaly A deviation from the common rule of a design process
Arcade A series of arches with their columns or piers
Arcadia A region or scene of simple pleasure and quiet
Archetype A landscape design that predates or seems to predate an identified design style
Armillary sphere This object is a type of spherical sundial
Art nouveau Art nouveau was a decorative movement that reached its zenith in the period 1893-1907
Atrium The central court of a structure, originally in a Roman house
Authenticity A conformance to an original, accepted form of landscape design that sets a standard
Avenue A street, roadway or large passage on any kind and in landscape design, usually with trees or big shrubs
Axis In landscape design, this is often a straight line, centered on a focal point as seen from a viewpoint
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