off topic, bloom / flower / back yard

Mon, 10 Feb 2014 12:19:25 PST

As an aside, I have a feeling that the word "garden" has something to do
with "guard house", in the days of castles and fortified houses. It would,
perhaps,have been the area between the inner and outer defended walls of a

You would have to go back further than Old Norse to find a connection; the 
OED suggests that the words up to that point had different meaning. 
Garden=enclosure; guard=custody. "Ward" comes into this somehow; there's a 
relationship there, probably.
It seems to me that books like The New English Garden make attempts to 
define the word "garden" completely pointless.

Bob Nold,
Denver, Colorado, USA 

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