Let’s Talk About Gardens

  • Look at the different images of gardens – if you can it is nice to print them out but equally you can look at them on a screen. They are available to download at the bottom of the page.
  • Have a really good look at the images trying to pick out the different colours and details.
  • As you are looking at the pictures you may want to focus on the way that they have been created by the artist.

Questions that you could ask:

  • What is the style of each picture?
  • What do you think was used to create each picture? For example paints, ink…etc….
  • What colours can you see in each picture?
  • How would you describe the styles? For example realistic, abstract, sculptural…etc…
  • What words would you use to describe the different pictures?
  • How do the different pictures make you feel?
  • Which of the pictures do you like best?


  • Use the picture that you have chosen as your favourite and start to talk about what you can see.

Questions that you could ask:

  • What do you like about the picture that you have chosen?
  • What can you see in the picture?
  • What sort of garden is it?
  • What plants are growing the the garden?
  • Are there any people in the garden? If so who? And what are they doing?
  • What else do you think you could do in that garden?
  • Does the garden look formal or informal?
  • Does the garden look well cared for? Who do you think cares for it?
  • Does the garden look like it needs alot of care?
  • Where might the garden be?
  • What is the weather like?
  • Is it the kind of garden that you would like to spend time in? What could you do in the garden?
  • Any other questions that you come up with…
  • If you like you could repeat the questions with the other images.

Hornel, E.A. - Springs Awakening - BUYGM.0220.1901

Spring’s Awakening

By E A Hornel

Gardner, Ian - Topiary Gardens, Levens Hall - BUYGM.0791.1976

Topiary Gardens

By Ian Gardener

Pasmore, Victor - Tea Gardens - BUYGM.0646.1952

Tea Gardens

By Victor Pasmore


Download the Garden Images here