One of the most wonderful parks in Berlin is a park called “gardens of the world”. You can visit an oriental garden, a Chinese Garden, a Japanese Garden, a Korean Garden, a Balinese Garden and a Renaissance Garden.
Yesterday, I went there for the first time since being in Berlin – which is quite a shame. I was there with my colleagues, and we had a guide who told us a lot about the different garden cultures.
The first garden we went to was the Oriental garden. Of course water is a precious thing in regions where the sun is mercilessly burning down from a cloudless sky. We take water for granted – it comes out of the tap whenever we need it. We take also green for granted – green trees, green meadows. If we have a garden (I am speaking about us Europeans now who are living in the middle of Europe–it might be different for people living in Australia, the south-west of the U.S. or even people living in Southern Europe) and there’s no rain from above, we water the garden.
In the countries of the Middle East, water is only there where it comes out of the earth. The oases were such places, and human culture developed in the oases. Houses were built with yards inside, sheltered from the outside by thick walls. The yards were places of peace, silence and meditation.
In the oriental garden we see here Western garden culture has mixed with the Eastern one: Original Oriental gardens had water which flowed without fountains–here you can see some medium-sized fountains. Obviously this was done to meet the expectations of the Western visitors…