As a follow up to Monday’s post on the Rwandan palaces, here are two photos of ordinary villagers’ homes from about 1950. I believe they are of the same village north of Lake Kivu near the Congo-Rwanda border.
View of the volcano Nyirangongo in the 1950s, from Guide touristique du voyageur, 1958 edition. (collection Gilbert Delapierre).
Village at the foot of Nyiragongo, about 1950 (collection Pierre Gallez, carte postale).
From the word enclose and -ure, a suffix forming abstract nouns of action; thus, 'action of enclosing.'
From a word of Iranian source, pairidaeza, meaning 'enclosure' or 'garden'. Pairdaeza is a compound of pairi- 'around' and -diz 'to make, form (a wall).'
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And change this Garden for a Paradise.
-- John Aubrey, from the epitaph for the Tradescants
Methinks my own soul must be a bright invisible green.
-- Henry David Thoreau
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I am struck by the parallel between [Piet Oudolf's planting plans] and the musical scores of some great orchestral colourist such as Debussy, where the complexity of the music can barely be contained on the page. The composer knows exactly the impact on the orchestral texture, for example, of introducing a few notes on the bassoon here, just as Oudolf knows the effect of adding another plant. The difference being that a composer can to some extent try out ideas on the piano, whereas the plantsman has only his memory and his sense of composition. It is hard to think of another creative arena where so much knowledge and understanding is abstracted and codified to such an extent; in the case of a planting plan, to be translated as a seemingly effortless expression of natural beauty in four dimensions.
-- Tom Stuart-Smith
Enclos*ure is my online notebook about the ways we carve gardens out of the larger landscape and create places of refuge, pleasure, and imagination.
I have a certificate in Landscape Design from George Washington University. I’m also a State Department Foreign Service spouse and have lived and made gardens in five countries in Africa in the last twenty-three years. I currently live in Kigali, Rwanda.
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