Good gardens separate us from the bustle of the outside world.   Cloister gardens such as this one at  Sint Agathaklooster,   Delft , the Netherlands uses buildings, high walls, and covered gateways to isolate the visitor from the world beyond.

Good gardens separate us from the bustle of the outside world.   Cloister gardens such as this one at Sint Agathaklooster, Delft, the Netherlands uses buildings, high walls, and covered gateways to isolate the visitor from the world beyond.

Perhaps most importantly, a good garden should feel safe.  The real test is whether you'd feel ok taking a nap there.  Historically shelter may have kept us safe from animals. But today shelter is still relevant.  Now we take shelter from modern distractions.

Shelter also comes in the form of the what plants are in the garden, ie. not poisonous ones.  Stone walls serve as physical barriers and reduce sounds. 


Check out posts that show other examples of how gardens shelter us.