Ancient Cultures Offer Food for Thought

written by Al Shay, Instructor in the Department of Horticulture

I teach several classes at Oregon State University — landscape design, landscape maintenance and landscape construction — and I always start at the same point: examining the history of landscape design.

As is typical of any historical perspective, examining the past reveals concepts and practices that might be helpful in today’s techno-oriented world.

Much of our vision has been inherited from the gardening styles of Europe. Throw in the gardens of Egypt or Islam, and you have more than enough food for thought.

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