by Tracy Eickelberg
As mankind evolved, and our need for perpetual wandering ceased, we began rooting ourselves to the land. As civilization progressed, so too did our cultivation of the ground. But more intriguing to me than agriculture—as growing food was an obvious necessity—was our desire to control nature solely for the purpose of creating something beautiful.
Today a garden encompasses anything from a few sparse but strategically planted pansies or a small patch of herbs, to the gardens of Versailles. In the most formal of gardens, the work of these landscape architects can surely be considered forms of high art, nature itself their primary medium.
Many of these gardens are open to the public. These astonishing botanical spaces provide a certain kind of introspection and appreciation for man’s intersection with nature; a welcomed respite from our lives spent checking emails behind concrete walls.
“No two gardens are the same. No two days are the same in one garden.” – Hugh Johnson