Gardens are a Barometer of Civilisation
The cultivation of gardens has always required a settled and organised society, and the making of gardens acts as a barometer of civilisation.
An Egyptian Nobleman’s Garden
This is Paradise
The Assyrians, who inhabited what became Persia (Iran and Iraq of today) had contact with the Egyptians from about 1400 BC, built their gardens with artificial hills, pavilions and shrines surrounded by flower beds, canals and ponds. They also had a love of trees and the within these enclosed parks were groves formally planted with pines, cypress and other species.
|Ninveh c.690 BC|
|How the Hanging Gardens may have looked|
|Adonis Garden © Karlsruhe, Badisches Landesmuseum B39. Photo. Mus. R8057|