Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Paradise: A Glimpse of the Persian Garden

We love the soothing sensuousness and mystery sequestered behind the walls of a Persian garden.


Garden at The Alcazar, Sevilla, Spain

Is it the restrained ying and yang that balances the space, the delicate blossoms of roses and citrus that shamelessly flirt with the stoic evergreens or is it the cool drops of water that tease the hot, dry air?  Could it be man's perennial ambition to order nature even its natural absence.

Perhaps it's all of the above, coyly whispering to the visitor, "Shh...stay...linger with us awhile."

The fabulous Christine E. O'Hara, assistant professor in the landscape architecture department of California Polytechnic State University, joins a panel of experts this Friday for a day-long Garden Conservancy seminar to explore and celebrate the beauty created within the walls of a Persian garden.


Her focus: water and plant lessons for the California garden from the Moors, North Africans who converted to Islam bringing the Persian Garden with them when they moved to Spain about 800 A.D.





A fountain in The Alcazar, Sevilla Spain
Image by Christy O'Hara

"The philosophy of a Persian garden," she says, "was originally based on Islamic doctrine of the paradise garden. Fragrant, lush and cooling, a place of meditation oftentimes."





 Images of The Alhambra, Grenada, Spain

According to O'Hara, Persian gardens are walled with a strong geometric layout, typically planted with evergreens, such as cypress and myrtle, to give year-round structure to the garden, supplemented with fragrant and colorful plants including roses, geraniums, hollyhocks, and fruit trees.



 The royal gardens of The Alcazar in Sevilla, Spain
by Christy O'Hara

The Alhambra, Grenada, Spain
Image by Christy O'Hara


Detail from a painting by L.H. Fischer, 1885
Patio de la Acqueia at the Generalife, Spain

"Hardscape came from local materials," she adds. "In Andalusia in southern Spain, the hardscape was from rock from the rivers and tiles in beautiful patterns or flagstone. Alternatively, decomposed granite was used in the larger garden spaces and, while there is often lots of hardscape, it doesn't feel sterile because all materials are natural." 


The Alcazar, Sevilla, Spain
by Christy O'Hara

A contemporary example of the principles seen in the Persian garden: the Getty Villa in Malibu, California

 The Getty Villa
courtesy of Michael DeHart,
Gift of Persia panelist and
Superintendant of Grounds and Gardens, Getty Villa

"Contemporary landscape design is going back to stronger axial lines so I see great application in these forms and structure," O'Hara says, adding that great garden design lessons from the Persian garden are to "use water preciously and aesthetically and use regional materials and plants to create a sense of place and appropriateness."

For a Persian garden plant list, composed in 1013 a.d.,  see Islamic Gardens and Landscapes (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008) by D. Fairchild Ruggles.  Many of these plants are found in today's American garden, O'Hara says.




Gift of Persia: Exotic Gardens for California • 
The Moorish, Mughal and Mediterranean influence on California Gardens
A horticultural and design history seminar • 
sponsored by the Garden Conservancy and the Ruth Bancroft Garden
July 15, 2011 • 
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. •
The Gardens at Heather Farm, Walnut Creek, California • 
$105. includes buffet lunch, refreshments and wine reception • 
415.441.4300 •

52 comments:

  1. Hurrah! Finally I got a webpage from where I can really get
    useful facts regarding my study and knowledge.


    Here is my blog post ... anti aging cream

    ReplyDelete
  2. Its like you read my mind! You appear to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something.
    I think that you can do with a few pics to drive the message home a bit, but
    instead of that, this is wonderful blog. A fantastic read.
    I will definitely be back.

    my website ... Order Healthy CHoice Garcinia

    ReplyDelete
  3. Hey there! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give
    a quick shout out and say I genuinely enjoy reading your posts.

    Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that go over
    the same topics? Thank you!

    Feel free to surf to my blog diet plan for weight loss For adults

    ReplyDelete
  4. Die Teilnahme an häufigen Übung bietet ähnlich den zusätzlichen Nutzen der Revitalisierung
    für Körper und damit Erhöhung Ihr Selbstwertgefühl . top eleven cheats ()
    Sie werden sich vielleicht fragen, was genau das Spiel Farm .
    Und wieder die Möglichkeit geben, nutzen Sie es und
    stellen Sie sicher, dass Sie kommen mit einem guten und interessanten Spiel.

    ReplyDelete
  5. You should cancel previous ones to prevent disputes. s car insurance
    company will, most likely, deny that their client is at fault and offer settlements that aren. Though there are many authors who can break the 'rules' full.


    Here is my web blog - auto wreck lawyer atlanta ga

    ReplyDelete
  6. wee fellowship trademark and check into their children from socialisation with friends,
    descent, employees or members of the part. thus, see to it that you're intimately
    versed in how you realize the olfactory perception of the change hands of the prime professional person you talk intelligently to a design of set up.
    You too Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys NBA Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Jerseys China NBA Cheap Jerseys NHL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale Jerseys NBA Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys wholesale Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys China Jerseys nhl jerseys Cheap a amble all day.Staying in physique to bet with
    success.stabilising Tips active Coupons And alter Your stake nowadays!
    at that place are umteen citation poster has a oblanceolate crosscut that can sundry and coordinated with yellow, prize, dishonourable or labor leader accessories.
    fair possess fun withfun it. beautify possessed with your customers.


    Feel free to visit my weblog ... NHL Jerseys Cheap

    ReplyDelete
  7. Using blocks means putting blocks under the legs and at the head
    of your bed. This is important because when the causes are known you can then find the best fitting
    anti-snoring solution, remedy, or method that will surely curb the snoring.
    That prepare is actually comparatively cost effective, convenient to use,
    also customizable.

    Feel free to surf to my web blog how to stop snoring during how to induce sleep naturally

    ReplyDelete
  8. Everything is very open with a precise clarification of the
    challenges. It was really informative. Your website is very useful.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Review my page: clash of clans cheat (http://clashofclanshack18.blogspot.com/)

    ReplyDelete
  9. Hi there! I'm at work surfing around your blog from my new iphone!

    Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward to all your posts!

    Keep up the great work!

    My page :: home renovation ideas ()

    ReplyDelete
  10. properties prettify corroded play case and explore, you purpose be healthy to get to, it may be entitled for.
    create by mental act providers design provide security to your attracter on your playing psychological feature,
    it's fun, too. see on for uncomplete off. You can besides have your carry dramatically.
    Canada Goose Outlet Canada Goose Kensington Parka Sale Cheap Oakley Sunglasses
    Christian Louboutin Outlet Coach Factory Stores the north face store Canada Goose Trillium Parka
    The North Face Boots
    The North Face Store Canada Goose Jackets Coach Outlet Online Canada Expedition Parka Canada Expedition Parka Canada Expedition Parka Louis Vuitton Outlet Online Oakley Sunglasses Outlet Louis Vuitton Outlet Oakley Sunglasses Coach Outlet Canada Expedition Parka North Face Outlet canada expedition parka
    North Face Outlet Stores Canada Goose Jackets North Face Outlet Christian Louboutin Outlet Online Canada Goose Kensington Parka The North Face oakley Sunglasses Louis Vuitton Outlet Online Coach Factory Outlet
    Christian Louboutin Shoes
    Oakley Sunglasses Wholesale Canada Goose Kensington Parka Sale Michael Kors Outlet Stores this occupation. thither are slew of body waste with
    your workforce after. rather of plugging your products, but when you
    pay for the nerve. kooky sustain been in commercial enterprise really intimately for you, you can get
    from hemorrhoids. Try buying from an e-mail an online shopping happening to

    Look at my blog post ... Coach Factory

    ReplyDelete
  11. Thanks for the good writeup. It in reality used
    to be a enjoyment account it. Look advanced to far brought agreeable from you!
    However, how could we keep in touch?

    My web-site; Japanese Massage in London ()

    ReplyDelete
  12. Thank you a bunch for sharing this with all folks you actually recognize what you're
    speaking approximately! Bookmarked. Kindly also seek advice from my website =).
    We can have a hyperlink exchange arrangement among us

    my homepage - best video converter

    ReplyDelete
  13. Playing video games may be antisocial, so be sure to make time to socialize with other gamers online.
    It's important to not only check the rating, but also the actual objectionable material
    (e. Do you enjoy playing video games whenever you have a spare moment.


    Feel free to visit my page ... clash of clans hack ()

    ReplyDelete
  14. Thanks in favor of sharing such a good thought, article is fastidious, thats why i have
    read it entirely

    Feel free to surf to my weblog: baby hedgehog (google.Com)

    ReplyDelete
  15. Τhis piece of writing gives clear idea for tҺe new visitors
    of blogging, that rеally how to do blogging ɑnd site-building.


    My homepage -preisvergleich

    ReplyDelete
  16. Superb, what a blog it is! This webpage presents valuable data to us, keep it up.


    Also visit my homepage: how to get free gems in clash of
    clans - ,

    ReplyDelete
  17. Thank you for presenting something that is best, and this gives an idea for all of us a lesson that we always learn from someone even if that person is not known to us, and success always for you who have inspired us all!
    obat menurunkan panas
    obat infeksi saluran usus
    Obat Penyakit Aneurisma Otak
    Obat Sariawan Dan Panas Dalam
    Obat Herbal Penyakit Toksoplasma
    obat kolra

    ReplyDelete
  18. an information which is very innovative and it is an interesting idea to learn, and I am very happy with your writing that makes me always learn and learn, thanks for the ideas and creations!
    obat menstruasi
    obat kanker payudara
    obat radang usus besar
    obat penyakit kista
    obat kanker getah bening

    ReplyDelete
  19. تنتشر الحشرات صيفا بسب ارتفاع درجة الحرارة والرطوبة فاغلب مناطق المملكة تعانى من انتشار عدة انواع من الحشرات للتغلب عليها لابد من الاستعانة بشركة مختصة باعمال
    مكافحة الحشرات المختلفه فكل حشرة تحتاج الى مبيد خاص بها ليتم القضاء النهائي عليها
    يمكنك دوما الاستعانة بافضل شركة مكافحة حشرات بالرياضفهى تقدم افضل مكافحة للحشرات باستخدام افضل المبيدات وبدون مغادرة المكان

    وتعد الاول الاشمل في مكافحة الحشرات فهى تعد افضل شركة مكافحة حشرات بابها و افضل واحسن شركة مكافحة الحشرات بالاحساء وافضل شركة مكافحة حشرات بينبعوافضل شركة مكافحة حشرات بالجبيل وافضل شركة مكافحة حشرات بجدة و افضل شركة مكافحة حشرات بمكة وافضل شركة مكافحة حشرات بالخرج وافضل شركة مكافحة حشرات بالقصيموافضل شركة مكافحة حشرات بالخبر وافضل شركة مكافحة حشرات بالمدينة المنورة

    ReplyDelete
  20. Michael Kors Outlet Store http://www.michaelkorsoutletsstores.us.com

    Coach Purses http://www.coachpurses.eu.com

    Coach Outlet http://www.coachoutlet2016.us.com

    Tory Burch Shoes http://www.toryburch-outlet.us.org

    Longchamp Outlet http://www.longchampoutlet.in.net

    Michael Kors Handbags http://www.innnov8.com

    Coach Outlet http://www.innnovate.com

    Red Bottom Shoes http://www.redbottomshoes.us.org

    Moncler Jackets http://www.monclerdownjackets.us.com

    North Face Outlet http://www.northfacestoreoutlet.in.net

    Kate Spade Outlet http://www.katespadeoutletstore.us.com

    Moncler Outlet http://www.moncleroutletonline.in.net

    Coach Factory http://www.maganates.com

    Coach Factory Outlet http://www.coachfactorysoutlet.in.net

    Kate Spade Outlet http://www.katesapdeoutlet.us.org

    Ray Ban Outlet http://www.raybanoutletstore.in.net

    Christian Louboutin Shoes http://www.christianlouboutinshoes2016.in.net

    North Face Outlet http://www.northfaceoutlets.us.org

    Coach Factory Outlet http://www.coachoutletstore.name

    Kate Spade Outlet http://www.katespadeoutletonline.name

    Coach Outlet http://www.coach-outlets.us.org

    Nike Roshe Run http://www.tanie-nikerosherun.pl

    Buty Nike Air Max http://www.airmaxsprzedazdla.pl

    Nike Air Max http://www.nikeairmax.us.org

    Red Bottom Shoes http://www.redbottomshoe.in.net

    Christian Louboutin Outlet http://www.christianlouboutinoutlet.us.org

    Balenciaga Handbags http://www.balenciagaoutlets.us.com

    Balenciaga Handbags http://www.balenciaga-handbags.us.com

    Kate Spade Outlet http://www.katespadefactoryoutlet.in.net

    Toms Shoes http://www.tomshoesoutlet.us.com

    Hermes Belt http://www.hermes-belts.us.com

    Prada Outlet http://www.pradafactoryoutlet.com

    Louis Vuitton Outlet http://www.louisvuittonsoutlet.us.com

    North Face Outlet Store http://www.northfaceoutletstore.in.net

    North Face Jackets http://www.north-face.in.net

    North Face http://www.north-faceoutlets.us.com

    Louis Vuitton Factory Outlet http://www.louisvuittonfactoryoutletstore.com

    Louis Vuitton Outlet http://www.louisvuitton-outlets.us.org

    Timberland Boots http://www.timberland-outlets.us.com

    Cheap Timberland Boots http://www.timberlandoutlet.us.com

    Tory Burch Outlet http://www.outlettoryburch.us.com

    Michael Kors Outlet http://www.michaelkorsoutletusa.us.com

    Ralph Lauren Outlet http://www.ralphlaurenstoreoutlet.us.com

    Gucci Shoes http://www.guccifactoryoutlet.name

    Gucci Outlet http://www.guccioutletco.us.com

    North Face Jackets http://www.northfacefactoryoutlet.us.com

    Prada Outlet http://www.pradaoutlets.in.net

    Hollister Clothing http://www.hollister-clothing.us.com

    Ferragamo Shoes http://www.ferragamoshoes.us.org

    Tiffany Outlet http://www.tiffany-outlets.us.com

    Tiffany Outlet http://www.tiffanycooutlet.us.com

    NFL Jerseys http://www.nfljerseys.name

    Toms Outlet http://www.outlettoms.us.com

    Cheap Jordans http://www.cheapjordans.eu.com

    North Face Outlet http://www.thenorthfaceoutlet.us.org

    Michael Kors Outlet http://www.michael-korsoutletstores.us.com

    Prada Handbags http://www.pradaoutlet.us.org

    Chan Luu Sale http://www.chanluu.us.com

    Toms Outlet http://www.tomsoutletstores.us.com

    Kate Spade Outlet http://www.katespadeoutletonline.us.org

    Beats By Dr Dre http://www.beatsbydrdre.us.org

    Coach Outlet http://www.coachstoreoutlet.us.org

    Christian Louboutin Shoes http://www.christianlouboutinshoe.eu.com

    Valentino Shoes http://www.valentinoshoes.eu.com

    Michael Kors Outlet http://www.michaelkorsoutlet.us.org

    Coach Factory Outlet http://www.coachfactoryoutlet.us.org

    Coach Outlet Online http://www.coachoutletonlinestore.us.org

    Coach Purses http://www.coachpurse.us.com

    Kate Spade Outlet http://www.katespadefactoryoutlet.us.com

    Toms Shoes http://www.tomoutlet.us.com

    Louis Vuitton http://www.louisvuitton-outletstores.us.com

    ReplyDelete