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Peaceful, Pleasant and Private: The British Domestic Garden as an Ordinary Landscape
- Bhatti, Mark, Church, Andrew, Claremont, Amanda
- Landscape research 2014 v.39 no.1 pp. 40-52
- cultural landscape, geography, home gardens, United Kingdom
- This paper uses narrative accounts of private gardens in Britain from the Mass-Observation Archive (MO) to explore ideas of landscape, privacy and attachment that emerge from daily practices and routines in these ordinary domestic spaces. We argue for the domestic garden as a vernacular or ordinary landscape that displays tensions between the private and the public nature of home within ambivalent emotional responses. Extended personal narratives offer privileged access to a site of intense engagement and carefully guarded privacy, yet with varying levels of attachment. The garden is a space well described in Britain in its public form but less well known as a private, everyday landscape. In this way a cultural landscape study becomes a contemporary critical geography of an ordinary space.