Garden ornament

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German garden gnome in a Wendelin landscape
Bird bath
Pedestal urn planter at Thornewood Castle, Lakewood, Washington
Pavilion in the Hortus Haren, Haren, Groningen, Netherlands
Sundial as a centrepiece at Greenbank Garden in Carolside, Scotland

A garden ornament is an item used for garden, landscape, and park enhancement and decoration. Garden ornaments include:


Early examples of the use of garden ornaments in western culture were seen in Ancient Roman gardens such as those excavated at Pompeii and Herculaneum. The Italian Renaissance garden and French formal garden styles were the peak of using created forms in the garden and landscape, with high art and kitsch interpretations ever since. The English landscape garden expanded the scale of some garden ornaments to temple follies

The Asian tradition of making garden ornaments, often functioning in association with Feng Shui principles, has a nearly timeless history. Chinese gardens with Chinese scholar's rocks, Korean stone art, and Japanese gardens with Suiseki and Zen rock gardens have and symbolic meaning and natural ornamental qualities.

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