I love gardens. Ornamental gardens have a long history, the Egyptians, Babylonians and Persians all valued their gardens. Aristotle taught in a garden. The most influential ancient gardens were Ptolemy’s gardens at Alexandria and the gardening tradition brought to Rome by Lucullus. In the Middle Ages, medicinal gardens were popular. In Europe, gardening was revived in Languedoc and the Île-de-France in the 13th century. Italian Renaissance gardens became popular in the late 15th and early 16th century. The first public parks were built by the Spanish in the 16th century. The formal French Garden became the dominant style of garden in Europe until the middle of the 18th century followed by the English and French landscape garden. Here you will find gardens from around the world.
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Every society has a specific set of ideas and customs, and a certain set of manufactures and arts that make it unique. Because ancient civilizations continue to influence us today, and because I love history, I have devoted many posts to prehistory and ancient civilizations.
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