Garden Glossary

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Taste This term is used to define the capability of sophistication in recognizing or creating a landscape design to the highest level within a given culture.
Terra cotta
(also terracotta)
An earth tone clay material used for pottery
Terrace Usually, an open platform with or with a roof and often with columns or perhaps trellised side panels used to entertainment or relaxation purposes
Tetrastyle An architectural unit consisting of four columns
Textures In both plantscape and hardscapes elements, there are visual and tactile characteristics that range from smooth to rough, fuzzy to crisp and a whole world of difference in between.
Theatre In the landscape venue, this is tiers or terraces in a hillside in a concave formation of seats to form a classical outdoor theatre.
Theme A subject or topic of artistic representation of a garden that has a specific and distinctive quality, characteristic, or concern.
Threshold The point at which a gardens visual or psychological effect begins to evident in the plan as well as an actual solid base beneath a door
Thumbnails A Thumbnail is a reduced-size version of a term or word description and used in Gateways to help in recognizing and organizing the landscape design terminology.
Tonsure The shaping of evergreens by clipping
Topiary Plants shaped out of live shrubs and trees into decorative shapes, wire forms stuffed with sphagnum moss can allow plants to grow into a specific form
Topography The configuration of a surface including its relief and the position of its natural and man-made features as well as the physical or natural features of a landscape site.
Torii A gateway at the entrance to a Japanese Shinto shrine and is often used in a garden venue to effectively set a Japanese theme
Tree A woody perennial plant having a single usually elongate main stem generally with few or no branches on its lower part (Merriam-Webster)
Treillage A grillwork frame, often to support vines and usually made of wood, plastic or metal, latticework in squares, rectangular or diagonal patterns
Trompe l'oeil An illusion which "deceives the eye", often painted or fabricated of some solid materials on a flat surface such as a wall or fence
Tufa

This is a rough texture and soft, black, grey or brown volcanic stone, used in making grottos.

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