What makes a garden historic?
Before we can explore and discuss historic gardens, we should take some time to think about what makes a garden historic. I posed this question to some fellow garden enthusiasts. While we have not arrived at a conclusive answer, we did come to a general consensus. And, in the process, we raised even more questions, questions we are still discussing. I have my ideas of what would constitute an historic garden, but I do not want to influence you.
Ask yourself this:
Is a garden historic once it reaches a certain age, let's say 50 years of age? Does the garden have to have been designed by a famous, or well respected garden or landscape designer? If a garden was designed by someone who influenced garden design, but the garden has been altered, is it still historic? Can a garden be historic if it is 50 years old, maintained as the designer intended but that designer is ‘unknown?’