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Garden Glossary

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Mahal Indian word for temple
Mali Indian word for gardener
Mass Plantings This is a form where many plants of the same species are used to fill an area.
Materials List A completed list of all materials needed to implement the landscape designs
Maze A maze (as in a garden) formed by paths separated by high hedges (Merriam-Webster)
Metaphor A landscape element and elements that denote one kind of object or idea and used in place of another to suggest a likeness or analogy between them
Metamorphosis This term can describe a new landscape that demonstrates a great alteration in appearance, character, or circumstances from the original garden.
Mimesis This indicates that a specific garden design mimics or is an imitation of another, probably well known garden.
Minimalism In a proper landscape design, this allows the designer to establish a plan completion in the most simple, direct manner without diminishing the design concept.
Mirador This is a word from the Spanish mirar — to look and is a room or tower on the edge of a garden, from which there is a good view.
Mixed Border A flowerbed with a mix of different plants such as herbaceous plants and shrubs
Moat This was originally a defensive feature but they can b used for ornamental reasons when they are used as a watercourse surrounding a garden.
Model This can be a usually miniature representation of a landscape plans constructed to scale. It might also a design to set an example for imitation or emulation
Modernism This assumes that a landscape plan demonstrates a new or at least up-to-date expression of themes with current or innovative garden elements.
Monumental These are garden sculptures or other features that are significant in scale and size and are used to establish a feeling of importance to that garden segment.
Moongate A circular aperture in a wall generally associated with Chinese gardens
Mosaiculture French term for the use of bedding plants to form patterns in a garden bed
Mossery This may be a collection of mosses, either indoors or outdoors or a garden segment devoted to a variety or varieties of moss.
Moss House A garden building with moss imbedded between wall slats
Mount This was a characteristic feature of English gardens in the middle Ages — a summerhouse on top of a hill or mound, provided a view out from a garden.
Mysticism A garden design may attempt to create the experience of a mystical union with a source, perhaps of a religious, magical or spiritual nature
Mythology Elements within the landscape may showcase myths that deal with gods, demigods, and legendary heroes, in statuaries, sculptures or other iconic representations
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