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View Poll Results: if you had the choice would you want a garden
if, apartment then no garden 1 2.56%
if, apartment a mini balcony garden 12 30.77%
if, house then garden 18 46.15%
no, i hate gardens 8 20.51%
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Old January 9th, 2013, 10:45 PM   #21
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When I've had flats I've always made sure they have an outside space. Otherwise you are living in a shoebox.
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Old January 9th, 2013, 10:51 PM   #22
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Couldn't live without a garden. Such a great thing to have in summer, like your own private little park.

Also, I need somewhere for my dog to poo when I can't be bothered to take him for a walk.
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Old January 9th, 2013, 10:59 PM   #23
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If you have a child then probably yes. For me? No.
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Old January 9th, 2013, 11:04 PM   #24
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But a garden can be for mature contemplation, and not just for childish play.
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Old January 9th, 2013, 11:12 PM   #25
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A nice non-residential example in a highrise context is the Winter Garden on the 9th floor of the Chicago Public Library Harold Washington Center:

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The lovely Winter Garden atop the Chicago Public Library by TechSoup for Libraries, on Flickr

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Winter Garden atrium, Chicago Public Library by Jason Reblando, on Flickr
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Old January 9th, 2013, 11:16 PM   #26
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^ That's an Atrium, not a garden.
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Old January 9th, 2013, 11:19 PM   #27
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^ That's an Atrium, not a garden.
It's a WINTER garden or conservatory-like space. An atrium need not be glassed-in, nor does an atrium require plants.
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Old January 9th, 2013, 11:43 PM   #28
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So by your definition, what is an atrium, a garden, a conservatory, a gazebo and a terraced greenery?
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So by your definition, what is an atrium, a garden, a conservatory, a gazebo and a terraced greenery?
I use the basic definition of an atrium (e.g.,in Roman architecture): a central court, usually in the domestic sense. It does not have to be covered, of course.

I consider a conservatory equivalent to a hothouse or winter garden. These are typically glassed-in.

A gazebo: for me, this is a garden pavillion, which can be (but not necessarily) roofed by greenery, as in a pergola.

Terraced greenery? As defined, I guess.
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Very essential.
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So by your definition, what is an atrium, a garden, a conservatory, a gazebo and a terraced greenery?
Or a shrubbery?

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But a garden can be for mature contemplation, and not just for childish play.
Indeed, but a garden is not essential for mature contemplation but it is for a child's development.
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Indeed, but a garden is not essential for mature contemplation but it is for a child's development.

I would tend to agree with the latter. But perhaps not with the former. Granted, it is a debatable point...
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Old January 10th, 2013, 01:01 AM   #34
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When I was living at home with my parents I had a fabulous and beautiful garden to enjoy. Living in an apartment I miss my garden. We have a communal garden but its not the same
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Old January 10th, 2013, 01:15 AM   #35
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Definitely a balcony or roof garden for me, comrades.
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Old January 10th, 2013, 01:29 AM   #36
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Definitely a balcony or roof garden for me, comrades.
Roof garden is good! Belfast is finally seeing some new developments incorporating roof gardens in addition to the 'green roof' concept.
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When I was living at home with my parents I had a fabulous and beautiful garden to enjoy. Living in commieblocks I miss my garden. We have a communist garden but its not the same
FTFY.
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Old January 10th, 2013, 02:00 AM   #38
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I'd say a garden is essential. After living in student flats for three years without one I didn't half miss it. My current garden is huge, big enough to be split into sections. I love it.
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Old January 10th, 2013, 02:12 AM   #39
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If only I could find a way of stopping the decadent local cats from constantly crapping on my back lawn.
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I'd say a garden is essential. After living in student flats for three years without one I didn't half miss it. My current garden is huge, big enough to be split into sections. I love it.
Did your student flat not have a communal garden? In my old flat, I always wished we could have opened up the roof for everyone in the block to share and use together. It would have been ladder access though.
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