Gardens are interesting as managed or applied nature. A synthesis of design and allowing things their natural dynamics.
Gardens provide inspiration and metaphors for all projects which aim to synthesize the two.
Some examples :
Compare ChristopherAlexander's assertion that patterns are both patterns of space and pattern's of events. What makes weblogs "places" is that stuff happens there.
Weeding as debugging : http://pragprog.com/pragdave/Practices/DebugWeeding.rdoc
See also :
- RationalismAndEmpiricism (for balancing nature and culture)
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