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Garden Glossary

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Ichnographia This is Greek word for a ground or landscape plan.
Icon A sign (as a word or graphic symbol) whose form suggests its meaning. (Merriam-Webster), in gardens often a statue or art object having a specific meaning.
Identity Sameness in all that constitutes the objective reality of a thing, and the condition of being the same with something described or asserted (Merriam-Webster)
Ideology In landscape terms, this is a body of concepts especially about human life or culture that be incorporated within a landscape venue complete with cultural icons and other garden objects.
Idyllic This is an ideal garden form that is pleasing or picturesque in its natural simplicity.
Illusion A perception of an object in such a manner as to cause misinterpretation of its actual nature, such a trompe l’oile painted on flat surface that distorts perspective
Image This is a reproduction or imitation of the form of a person or thing or even an idea and incorporated within the landscape design.
Imaging This is the act of calling up a mental picture of a landscape design in ones mind.
Imaginary Lines Lines that define spaces within a landscape concept
Imagination This is using the power of forming a mental image of something not present to the senses and transplanting that image it to a drawing for implementation into reality.
Implementation The process of installing the landscape with plant and other materials by a landscape contractor and in accordance with the plan.
Improver From the 18th century, this was the process of converting a farm to a designed landscape.
Infrastructure These are the buildings, utilities, pavement and other basic framework at the project site that needs to be incorporated within the landscape plan.
Informal The opposite of formal in the landscape by having a more relaxed garden dominated by curved rather than straight bed lines and a less rigid thematic structure.
Irrigation /Sprinkler Plan A CAD rendering of the proposed conceptual irrigation system. It included head placements and coverage, pipe sizing, GPM specs, and materials needed to install this system.
Interaction This is the mutual and reciprocal action or influence between all members of the design team to complete a project.
Inventory This is an accounting of the trees, shrubs, buildings and other structures, infrastructure and all other assets or deficits inherent on a project site.
Inversion The reversal of existing landscape elements occurring over time, seen from a historical viewpoint or in onward projections to determine what changes will likely occur.
Irony A subtle design style characterized by allowing the garden design to express a direct opposite of a thought in order to be humorous or sarcastic.
Island A parcel of land surrounded by water and usually accessed by a bridge or boat.
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