Details tell a story – a family crest, the ravages of time.

Renaissance tile on a garden wall.

Renaissance tile on a garden wall

These tiles ornament a low wall surrounding a tiered fountain in this Italian Renaissance garden.   Each detail enhanced the story embedded in the garden when it was first created – every visitor in the early years would have understood and appreciated these symbols that highlighted the owner’s prestige and high status.  Time has changed the story – now oblivious of the original coded meanings, we see the wabi sabi beauty of the imperfections created over the last four centuries.   Come with us to savor the details of these gardens – with their layers of stories.

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