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Mannerist Gardens
Saturday, October 01TH, 2011 by admin
Mannerist Gardens in Italy by Teresa Cutler-Broyles   One of the more intriguing and sometimes disconcerting features of a Mannerist garden is the sensation of being watched as you stroll through. Even when no one is nearby and silence settles, that tingling in the back of your brain will not go away and from the corner of your eye you think you catch a glimpse of... something. It's not movement so much as a shape, not alive so much as filled with life, and not someone so much as something. Why is this so? What is it about these sixteenth century gardens that creates this sensation? What...
Italian Gardens
Wednesday, July 28TH, 2010 by admin
Italian Gardens: Tradition and Beauty People from the world over visit formal Italian gardens, i giardini Italiani, known for their grandiose yet tranquil ambience. Be it one of the finest Italian Renaissance gardens at Villa Lante in Rome, the renowned garden surrounding Palazzo Giusti with its cypress-lined avenues, or the statue and fountain-filled Giardino di Boboli in Florence, traditional Italian gardens are some of the most respected all over Europe and the world. A Formal Italian GardenBut these gardens have come down the centuries to modern Italy, and were created by the nobility...
Garden Design for the Vatican : Vignola
Friday, September 05TH, 2008 by admin
Vignola: Italian Garden designer for the Vatican Italian Garden designer for the Vatican Bagnaia: Villa Lante By Jonathan Radford Above and left : water feature at Villa Lante - Right Pope Julius III > Italy is renowned for it's fashion, it's cuisine and it’s stunning Renaissance period. However, how many of the artists that contributed to and created the breathtaking art of that period have been overlooked or unrecognised? Although the Italian garden design movement made up a large part of this stunning and mystical period, the real stars of this movement are hardly ever...
A Wonderful Garden in Italy
Friday, September 05TH, 2008 by admin
Gardens in Italy Jonathan Radford's Approach ecoLogica: How many times have we found ourselves breaking our backs in the garden, in order to sustain our dream of creating and maintaining a perfectly green and ordered, 'English-style' garden, convinced that we are getting closer to nature in the process. The difficult tasks performed to bring such a garden into being generally include; the excavation and removal of poor, apparently worthless soil, the preparation of lawns and the planting of rose borders and rare trees. The first thing we usually do when making...
Tuscany: Budding Gardening Authors
Tuesday, August 26TH, 2008 by admin
Strangers meeting becomes book sensation Many are the obscure dreams of the modern humans, however the aspiration of someday finding some quiet place in Tuscany and spending their days writing books about their everyday Tuscan experiences must feature quite high on that list. However few but the very richest amongst us have been able to realize this modern aspiration and turn this pipe dream into a plausible reality. However the droves of ex-pats that still flock to this sacred and mysterious land to buy houses or to spend a summer hiking around it prove that...
There are at least thirty botanical gardens in Italy and every one of them is exquisite. Italy was a historical first in respect to botanical gardens. The Vatican garden in Rome was founded during the 13th century and the Salerno garden in the 14th century. Neither exists today, but many other botanical gardens can be found scattered across the country. Above Azalea at the Vatican Garden Originally, the function of botanical gardens was to display plants for medical use. Examples are the University botanical gardens in Florence, Padua and Pisa...
Elements of a Roman-Style Pleasure Garden
Tuesday, August 26TH, 2008 by admin
Essentials to a Roman Style Garden There is a considerable body of evidence surrounding the gardens of ancient Rome that details the various elements that comprised their pleasure and villa style gardens. Many classical features are found in today's gardens and landscapes paying homage to those ancient stylized Roman gardens. The following article discusses ways you can transform your garden or landscape into an ancient Roman pleasure garden filled with elements reminiscent of that glorious past. roman garden fountain While inhabitants of the city of Rome frequently...
How to Stock Your Garden pond
Tuesday, August 26TH, 2008 by admin
Garden Ponds and Fish Once constructed, your garden pond is not complete without its finishing touches. There are many varieties of aquatic plants and ornamental fish available, which will transform your pond - bringing it to life and blending it naturally into your garden. Getting the balance right will allow your pond to become virtually self-sustaining, which means you will only need to give it occasional attention to keep it in peak condition... First of all you need to look at the different types of aquatic plants, which are on offer and decide which...
A Work of Art in the Italian Garden
Tuesday, August 26TH, 2008 by admin
Garden Works of Art As you are probably aware, the garden is becoming an ever-increasing interest among the young and old alike. Many of us are now investing nearly as much time and money in our gardens as we are in our houses, making it a booming industry. Landscaping, water features and lighting go a long way to add more interest and enhance the garden, but what about all those finishing touches that you would certainly add to your house. There are so many ideas to choose from such as, sculptures, statues, stonewalls, birdbaths, sundials, benches and even pots...
Medicinal Herbs from Italy
Tuesday, August 26TH, 2008 by admin
Useful Healing Herbs in Italy medicinal plant in italy When we think of the level of sanitation and medical care in Roman times we often imagine a somewhat dark age, where common ailments would manifest themselves into serious, life-threatening diseases with little hope of a cure and that human hygiene was rarely addressed. However the average Roman citizen would have had access to a wide range of homeopathic medicines from all over the world from their vast empire which spanned from the North of England to Asia. In fact the Romans were by far the...

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