Thursday, February 25, 2016

Knot Gardens

If you wish to make anything grow, you must understand it, and understand it in a very real sense. 'Green fingers' are a fact, and a mystery only to the unpracticed. But green fingers are the extensions of a verdant heart.
~Russell Page

What combines geometry and art and is alive? Knot gardens! The Old Farmer's Almanac explains that "a knot garden is artfully laid out and planned in order to resemble the threads of ancient Celtic knot work." They have their origins in Elizabethan England, four hundred+ years ago. I think some of these gardens are actually parterres, but I am not totally clear on the difference.

The Knot Garden at Hatfield House
photo by Jason Ballard

Knotted Beds
photo by Thomas Stanbury

Knot Garden Lollipops
photo by Jennifer de Graaf

Barockgarten Villandry in Frankreich
by Pimpinellus

The Open University Knot Garden

Knot Garden
photo by Double Down

The Knot garden at Lyme Park
photo by elleneka102

How to Plant a Herbal Knot Garden from WikiHow


Pop said...

I've seen photos of this type of garden before, but had no idea they were called "knot" gardens...and that they were patterned after Celtic knots.

Thanks for the education, Tabatha. (And for the beautiful examples, of course. :-)

Retta said...

Love looking at these type gardens. And the Garden Lollipops - adorable!