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An information sign at the gardens reads as follows:

Italian  Renaissance  Garden

In the 15th and 16th Century the city-states of Italy experienced an unprecedented flowering of arts and sciences, which included the art of garden design and the science of horticulture. Powerful families built magnificent gardens around their grand country villas as symbols of their prestige. The garden was a place for entertaining and for impressing guests with its grandeur.

Renaissance artists saw that the universe had an underlying order but they also recognised the benefits of improving upon Nature's designs. Thus, their gardens were representations of the cosmic order as well as laboratories for horticultural science. They were laid out according to mathematical principles and had a strong central axis, which was often shared with the villa.

Sculpture in Renaissance gardens usually referred to classical myths and the gardens were designed around regular, almost 'rhythmic' progressions of elements. An example used here is the progression of water as it travels from a bubbly grotto to a waterfall, to a fountain, until it finally settles in reflecting ponds.
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Italian Renaissance Garden at the Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Below are additional images taken at Hamilton Gardens. Click on the images to obtain enlargements.

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Italian Renaissance (2)
Indian Char Bagh Garden