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The Landscaper’s Art

If I had been the landscaper for this building, I’d be very pleased that someone took the time to notice my art. I happened to wander past at just the right time of year, with the trees in bloom. What a dramatic contrast in colour, and a contrast in the organic shapes of the trees against the clean lines of the architect. Whoever designed this, must have thought about the visual effect years before the trees were mature.

The earliest recorded example of landscape design may be the Hanging Gardens of Babylon in the 6th century BCE. Landscape design rose in popularity in the ancient Roman era, and has been practiced for centuries in many different cultures. It is especially welcome in cities, where the preponderance of stone, concrete and glass can seem overwhelming.

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