Indian Char Bagh Garden

This garden is one of the Paradise Garden Collection at Hamilton Gardens in New Zealand and follows on from my previous post.

Indian Char Bagh Garden

The ‘char bagh’ or ‘enclosed four part’ garden has been one of the most significant types of traditional garden. Between the 8th and 18th centuries these gardens spread throughout the Muslim world from Asia to North Africa to Spain. They were the original ‘Paradise Gardens‘.

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The complex symbolism behind this form of garden has its very ancient roots in three of the world’s great religions – Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. A small hunting palace near Agra, called Lal Mahal, has inspired the Hamilton Garden’s Char Bagh garden.

 

American Modernist Garden

This garden is one of the Paradise Garden Collection at Hamilton Gardens in New Zealand and follows on from my previous post.

American Modernist Garden

Modernist style was an international phenomenon, not just a 20th century American  tradition. Its gardens are focused on relaxed outdoor living, a perfect match to sun soaked, upwardly mobile California. Sunny yellow outdoor chairs, raised deck-like forms, water features and popular culture murals set the scene at Hamilton Gardens.

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Design of modernist gardens is usually related to the use of the garden and they are often dominated by elements like swimming pools, barbecue and outdoor eating areas. There is usually a strong visual and practical relationship between house and garden. The plants used in the Modernist garden were usually native to the local area and this garden is based upon the designs by Californian designer Thomas Church (1902 – 1978) with plants from the south-west of the USA.

Italian Renaissance Garden

This garden is one of the Paradise Garden Collection at Hamilton Gardens in New Zealand and follows on from my previous post.

Italian Renaissance Garden

In the 15th and 16th Century the cities of Italy experienced an unprecedented flowering of arts and sciences, which included the art of garden design and the science of horticulture. Powerful families built magnificent gardens around their grand country villas as symbols of their prestige. The garden was a place for entertaining and impressing guests with its grandeur

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There were influences of Greek and Roman antiquities and here in this garden is a  copy from a mould of the original 5th century Capitoline wolf with Romulus and Remus. Influences of a Medieval garden is seen too with elements from that earlier era retained such as the high surrounding walls, flat square beds with edges lined with plants, beds of simple flowery meads, and the arched trellis-work.  The major difference in the Renaissance gardens was the introduction of a strong central axis, a framework for a classical order of perspective, proportion, symmetry, and geometric forms, circles and triangles.

Japanese Garden of Contemplation

This garden is one of the Paradise Garden Collection at Hamilton Gardens in New Zealand and follows on from my previous post.

Japanese Garden of Contemplation

Fluid echoes dance –

Ripples of sun and water

Hold dreams in the eaves

~ Vonnie Hughes, Auckland (winner of the Hamilton Gardens Japanese Poetry Compettion 1998

Japanese Garden of Contemplation

Japanese Garden of Contemplation

A Pagoda

A Pagoda

Take time to contemplate the carefully laid out arrangements from your seat in the Abbott’s Quarters and watch your mind relax as you view the serene landscape. This is a garden that embraces contradiction in all its forms: you will see contradictory pairs such as movement/stillness, complexity/simplicity, vastness/ smallness, and even wet/dry.

English Flower Garden

This garden is one of the Paradise Garden Collection at Hamilton Gardens in New Zealand and follows on from my previous post.

English Flower Garden

The style which inspired the English flower garden at Hamilton Gardens is the Arts and Crafts of the nineteenth century, commonly referred to as ‘gardens of a golden afternoon‘. Unfortunately for us this was a rainy morning and more appropriate for sitting in a tea-room supping a hot cuppa!

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The romantic garden is brought to life by the creation of ‘outdoor rooms’, paved pathways and flower borders leading to quaint arbors  and seats. There is also a sunken lawn with a pool and fountain in the centre with paving leading away to the various plant compartments. This was the least interesting garden for me, not because it isn’t beautifully done, as it is, but simply because I get my fill of these styles of gardens all the time in the UK. I hadn’t come all the way from England to see an English Garden. I wanted to see something different. But please enjoy the delicacy of this fragrant spot. And have a rest on that coveted Lutyens bench.