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.