Hortus Conclusus. That’s Latin for enclosed garden. In Medieval days, monks built enclosed gardens, basically for safety from predators and bandits. These enclosed gardens made them feel safe.
Turns out, I also feel safe in an enclosed garden. There is something about sitting in a green place, surrounded by four walls (one wall being the back of the house) that makes me feel safe and calm.
I actually didn’t realize that one of the reasons it feels so good to sit in my daughter’s garden is that it is enclosed by green hedges on three sides. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that it is also 78 and sunny here in Southern California.
Oddly enough, where we live in Ohio almost no one has an enclosed garden. In fact, Mr. Not So Curious and I are quite amazed by this. People’s back yards just flow one into the other — no fences, no landscaping, no sense of privacy or enclosure.
We’ve wondered about this for years — and frankly, still don’t understand why the style of garden/backyard in our part of Ohio is so open and in some ways, overwhelming.
For me, I like being embraced by four walls.
Here’s some photos of my daughter’s enclosed garden.