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Vocabulary: Gardens and gardening...
British people are in love with their gardens. For them, gardening isn't a hobby, but a real passion embellishing their lives and backgrounds and relaxing them during their leisure time.
First, we have to make an important distinction between two very different conceptions of what a garden is.
Gardens, as they're conceived in Anglo-Saxon countries, have fantasy and variety and not the severe and strict precision of a sophisticated and sometimes austere design.
"Landscape gardens" (British gardens) have a great variety of flowers and plants, mixed together and growing side by side. The different coloured spots convey an impression of snugness and peaceful comfort. On the contrary, "Formal gardens" (French gardens) have strict structures where geometry and symmetry prevail: flowers of different heights, colours, qualities, refinements, cannot be planted side by side; seen from a distance, everything should be "ordered" and must have harmonious and uniform shapes and colours.
1) A gardener's uniform (or outfit):
The front garden (flowers) The yard = back garden
2) THE NECESSARY TOOLS:
*= to lean to/on= to bend on something for support. A lean-to = a shed leaning on a wall or a support.
3) IN AND OUT OF THE GARDEN:
Here are a few important verbs to help you:
That's it! With this vocabulary, you'll be able to participate in any conversation about one of the favourite topics of the Anglo-Saxons (one of the others being the weather... ).
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