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The Meaning of Gardens explores the garden as an idea of religion or society as a physical place with materials and objects and as an action A garden can be a representation of faith as it plays a vital creation role in many religions ie the Garden of Eden It also takes a spiritual mind to understand and value a garden in a higher level than the physical plant Many gardens also act as a symbol for power This includes the garden as a product of peoples power over nature and of power in society One good example is the Sun Kings Versailles as a symbol for his greatness There are many types and orders of gardens including a lowland garden which has an ecological connection to the ground and water or a minimalist garden that has to do with gesture a flat and hard surface and seriality To different cultures a garden can have different meanings that range from an open place of safety a means of growing food or an escape from everyday stress In addition people use garden as a way of personal expression it can be an outlet for their creativity by adding personal design touches Finally the book talks about the healing aspects of a garden because of its peacefulness beauty personal connection with nature and healthy natural environment As an example of a unique cultural use of garden the text shows us the Hmong familys garden After immigrating to America from Laos their garden fulfilled a greater purpose than providing food to eat it became a place of refuge It was a place for the people to come together and socialize in their native languages a place of connection to their peoples
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