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Structures in gardens and parks

arbour

noun

a shelter in a garden that is made by growing plants over a frame

bird bath

noun

a bowl in a garden, filled with water for birds to wash themselves in

bird table

noun

a tall structure in a garden on which you put food for birds

espalier

noun

a frame to which you tie a fruit tree so that it grows flat

fount

noun

a fountain

fountain

noun

a structure through which a stream of water is pumped into the air and falls down again

gnome

noun

a stone or plastic model of a gnome, used in gardens for decoration

grotto

noun

a small cave that has been built as a decoration in a garden

hedge

noun

a line of bushes or small trees growing close together around a garden or field

lattice

noun

a structure consisting of narrow pieces of wood, plastic, metal etc crossed over each other with spaces between them

latticework

noun

a lattice structure

maze

noun

an arrangement of closely connected paths separated by tall bushes or trees. The paths often do not lead anywhere, and you have to use your memory and skill to get through

pergola

noun

a wooden frame for growing plants on outside a house and for sitting or walking under

polytunnel

noun

a large plastic structure shaped like the top half of a tube that is used for growing plants that need protection from the weather

potting shed

noun

a shed in which you keep things used in the garden

sundial

noun

an object that measures time by the position of a shadow made in sunny weather, consisting of a pointed metal piece on top of a flat piece of stone

trellis

noun

an upright frame for plants to grow on, made of narrow pieces of wood that cross over each other

wall

noun

an upright structure made of stone or brick that surrounds or divides someone’s land or garden

water feature

noun

an area with water and plants that has been created in a garden to make it attractive

water fountain

noun

a machine in a park or other public place that provides drinking water when you push a button

wishing well

noun

a well or pool of water that you throw money into so that you can make a wish

mom jeans

a style of loose-fitting jeans with a high waist, often considered unfashionable

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