‘An enclosed piece of ground devoted to the cultivation of flowers, fruit or vegetables’, or the ground adjoining a dwelling laid out and managed for ornament, children’s play, outdoor repose etc. The plural (gardens) is sometimes used to describe public areas of walkways, lawns, flower beds etc., of which there were many in 18thC London ie. before the provision of public parks.

This definition is abridged from A – Z of tree terms: A companion to British arboriculture.
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