I was thinking today. What odd things gardens are.
Isn’t it weird that people buy homes with Gardens?
What the hell are gardens? Are gardens supposed to be representations or imitations of nature?
When we see a Garden, we imagine it as having a direct agency and intentionality, namely, that of the gardener. In that way, it is much distinct from nature proper.
Is the garden man’s symbolic attempt to mimic the face of nature?
WHat is it that we judge to be beautiful or ugly about a garden? (Kant’s answer would be something like…purposiveness)
Gardens are a social possession, a social practice, a sign of social status, and a social activity. Yet, there are some interesting psychological observations to be made, about our relationship with nature, our construal of the natural in contrast with the intended.