EXPERIENCE A DIFFERENT STYLE OF GARDEN WITH THE CHARHAR BAGH
IN the search for new garden styles and amongst the hubbub of the designers’ jibber, there are some garden oldies that have given guiding principles to the evolution of what we now enjoy as a garden. Monastic gardens are amongst the earliest ideas of a herb and vegetable garden that included parterres, chooks and citrus graveyards where monks were buried. The idea that the layout
Monastic gardens have evolved to become orderly representations of the past abbot- designed utility gardens with aroma, colour and texture as part of their therapeutic values – in addition to consuming them!
These gardens are not entirely unlike the Chahar Bagh of the Islamic style, where the courtyards are divided into four with a water fountain or feature in the centre. This Persian style includes citrus and plants of the desert and Mediterranean, and they depict the four gardens of paradise as described in the Quran. These are also fed by water that has travelled hundreds of miles under the desert and tapped to the surface.
The principle has been manipulated and varied over time where the actual ‘ quarter’ layout is not essential to be a proper Chahar Bagh – so long as it has a water feature, some sort of rectangular garden and geometric shapes. Small courtyards are ideal for this treatment while also using the peacock blues and golds of the Middle East for an exotic look.