We’ve all been to a Botanical garden or simply admired nature while thinking ”Wow, this is beautiful”. Well, English people have made an art out of planting flowers and growing public natural gardens – and I am about to tell you a few amazing aspects of the English gardens.
1. They make you feel like you’re caught in a wild forest
Unlike, let’s say, French people, whose gardens are far more mathematical and strategical, English people have started creating gardens around the 18th century and they are all about Romanticism – they prefer wild views, with entangled weeds and tall, untamed flowers, tall trees, surrounding ponds and ivy growing over fallen trees.
Let me just say they are stunningly beautiful!
The clear advantage is that English doesn’t have trouble letting the grass grow – all they need to do is trim it once in a while so that it doesn’t get too taller. But the English gardens are inviting one to contemplate one’s own life, to mentally travel, precisely like Romanticism reinforces, to childhood or history, to explore and have the feeling of slowly getting lost inside Mother Nature.
2. Although they seem wild(e), they are strategically arranged
Creating gardens is an artistic thing – pretty much like painting – and English people wanted to transpose the idea of work of art into nature, creating amazing gardens, with thousands of flowers of all shapes and colors.
The thing is – they had to think about everything, finding flowers that bloom in every season. Because what garden doesn’t have flowers all the time?
That’s why the flowers are variously colored, with either huge petals or delicate, intimate constructions.
More than that, everything is planted symmetrical, so that, when it grows, it creates the sensation of a labyrinth.
3. They always have a secret castle
Being Romantically inspired, the English gardens always hid a castle or an ancient temple. The temple or the castle were often built in the Romantic or Victorian period – therefore the old aspect was simply created that way. More than that, there was always an unusual, small construction, called cotezzo d’ amore (the house of love), and it was meant for the lovers to shelter themselves from the scrutinous sights of their families and catch an intimate moment.
If I haven’t convinced you to go on the internet and definitely check out a few English gardens, maybe this will – unlike the French gardens, which are all about sculpting the bushes and getting unusual shapes, the English ones are very scented and aesthetically pleasing, with complementary colors surrounded by green, that green, the English green.
Why do I say ”the English green”?
There is no green in the entire world comparative to the English one – due to perpetual rain, the English grass and trees get to look very specific.
Alright, let me know if you enjoy gardens and if you’ve ever visited an English garden – and, of course, you can deduce the fact that Hyde Park itself obeys these principles, but to a smaller scale because it was created in the Victorian period. More than that, tell us in the comments if you’re into creating art and arranging flowers into your own gardens – to be honest, I am not very into gardening, but watching these amazing gardens makes me wanna grab a pair of gloves and start digging!
To conclude with, the English gardens resemble very much Romantic poetry, with its interest in the wide, untamed side of nature, for the colorful and young aspects of life – and let me just say I think Keats was in love with these beautiful gardens and everything they represent!