Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Mulino Vecchio del Cilone

On Thursday, May 28, 2015, we walked across the town of Castiglion Fiorentino to Mulino Vecchio del Cilone, an Italian couple’s home, to make bread and pizza. Along the way, we encountered a variety of gardens with a variety of plants. The gardens included crops, such as grapes, olives, garlic, onions, barley, and wheat, as well as several types of flowers. I was constantly trying to identify the similarities of the gardens, as well as what made each garden unique.
In retrospect, I realize that each garden we encountered was intentionally designed to be that way. I have since learned that each garden was designed with five elements in mind: form, texture, color, line, and scale. These elements, together, make a garden what it is. The majority of the gardens we saw were for growing crops, therefore they were designed with the crop in mind. However, I still noticed things that were done to simply be aesthetically pleasing.
I learned that plants are placed based on their shape and form, their look and feel, their color, their size, and many other characteristics. Having learned this information, I hope to go back and be able to analyze the gardens on a deeper level.


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