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A garden is a word that comes from the old French "gardin", mod. Fr. jardin; this, like our words "garth," a paddock attached to a building, and "yard," comes from a Teutonic word for an enclosure which appears in Gothic as gards and O. H. Ger. gart, cf. Dutch gaarde and Ger. garten), the ground enclosed and cultivated for the growth of fruit, flowers or vegetables.

The word is also used for grounds laid out ornamentally, used as places of public entertainment. Such were the famous Ranelagh and Vauxhall Gardens in London; it is similarly used in zoological gardens, and as a name in towns for squares, terraces or streets. From the fact that Epicurus taught in the gardens at Athens, the disciples of his school of philosophy were known as οὶ άΠὸ τῶν κήΠων (so Diog. Laertius x. 10); and Cicero (De finibus v. i. 3, and elsewhere) speaks of the Horti Epicuri. Thus as the "Academy" refers to the Platonic and the "Porch" (ςτοά) to the Stoic school, so the "Garden" is the name given to the Epicurean school of philosophy. Apollodorus was known as κηΠοτὐραννος, the tyrant of the garden.


1911 Encyclopædia Britannica, Volume 11. pg. 459.

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The Place for Thinking
The Drooping Cherry
The Rhododendron Walk
Wistaria, Kameido
Darwin Tulips
The Villa d'Este, Rome
Chrysanthemums, Kyoto
A January Moonrise, Golders Hill, Hampstead
Azaleas, Kyoto
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The Way like the Herb Chi, and the Banks like the Clouds of Heaven
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The Lightning-Arch that sucks in the Water
V. Evening in the Gardens of the Taj *
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The Lake, Trentham Hall Gardens
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Bignonia Venusta
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Here are tulips for you white, for the bridal or the burial
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Rhododendrons, Upper Pleasure Ground, Moor Park
Flower-Market, Haarlem
The Rose Garden, Friedrichshof
St. George & the Dragon Fountain, Holkham
The Villa Petraja, Florence
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Almond Blossom
The Garden of Cyrus
A Landscape Garden
The Pond, Wolfsgarten
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Red Aloes
The Berceau, Het Loo
The Royal Palace, Athens
Frederiksborg Castle
August at Holyrood House, Spalding
Azaleas, Quinta Ilheos
The Return of the Storks
Wild Hyacinths
Aloes and Daisy Tree
The Terrace Garden, Woburn Abbey
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Shalimar Bagh (Kashmir)
The Time of the Plum Blossoms
The Fountains, Peterhof
The Gate of the Plum Garden
The Pergola, Brantwood, Surbiton
Plan of a Garden in one of the Island Palaces at Udaipur
A Walled Garden
Spanish Irises
Lake Constance from Schloss Mainau
Cherry-tree at Kyomidzu
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Plan of a Courtyard in the Maharaja's Palace at Udaipur
The Wild Garden in Spring
Air Without Heat
XXX. Flowers and Butterflies
XXXIX. The Pillar of Vishnu (Fatehpur Sikri)
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