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Historic English Monastic Gardens

English monastic gardens left little trace and there are meager details of their presence. he planting and arrangement demonstrating the cloisters comprising a herbarium and a conduit—with the fish-pond, orchard, and vineyard outside the walls is found in twelfth-century plan of Canterbury, but it only provides a general concept of the garden. Even so, this is the most thorough report from this early period. The countless parts of all monasteries belonging to the same order were as invariable as circumstances allowed, leading to the understanding that the plans and specifications of those on the mainland additionally give us an idea of the design of the English monastic gardens. An early monastery of St. Gall, in Switzerland left behind its design, which provides extensive insight into the construction of the prominent religious compound that belonged to the Benedictines in the ninth century. There were 4 sections of cultivated landscape within the monastery walls: the cloister-garth, the physic garden, the vegetable garden, and an orchard that also served as a burial ground, all set in a hollow. A savina, which brought water for drinking and washing purposes, was at the heart of the grounds.

Combining fire and a garden fountain, the Medium Fire Fountain brings multiple interesting elements into any setting! Fire in the center is surrounded by a pool of calm water, which overlays a layer of small stones. Click here to see all the outdoor accents.

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