A Portion of Heaven on Earth: The Tradition of Enclosed Gardens

Michaela Eskew

The hortus conclusus took many forms in both the landscape gardens and landscape art through the centuries. The Western Christian world interpreted, cultivated, and created enclosed gardens repeatedly, each with different styles and forms, yet the foundations were always the same… they all sought to return to the Garden of Eden and the garden of love where God and humanity could meet easily and openly… Something was missing from the world, and it could only be regained through hard work, skill, and contemplation amidst divine creation.

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