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parterre

1. a formally patterned flower garden
2. Brit Irish the pit in a theatre

Parterre

 

in landscaping, an ornamental garden with lawns, flower beds, bodies of water, and hedges. A parterre is often decorated with sculptures, fountains, lawns framed by shrubs, and trees. In a formal park, the parterres are divided into plots of regular shape and are trimmed with box shrubs, colored sand, crushed brick, or coal. Parterres are less regular in landscape parks, usually having the appearance of lawns. Twentieth-century parterres have usually consisted of flower beds divided by paved paths.


Parterre

 

the part of the floor of a theater or concert hall, usually rising from the stage to the back rows, with seats for the spectators. The parterre of ancient Roman theaters was a central semicircular platform with rows of seats. Parterres surrounded by tiers of loges appeared in Italy at the beginning of the 17th century. (Such parterres initially were for the lower classes and had no seats.)

parquet circle, orchestra circle, parterre

In a theater or opera house, the part of the main floor at the rear of the parquet, 3, usually under the galleries or balconies.

parterre

2. An ornamental arrangement of flower or gravel beds of various sizes and shapes.
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The main garden is to the rear of the house where the formality of the front garden is continued with a herb parterre and two symmetrical potagers.
Paths that blush when they embrace the chubbiness of the parterres.
The original parterres had intricate patterns, were usually created near the main house and surrounded by a terrace or raised walk with vantage points for viewing from above.
Latham's images of the Villa Gamberaia are particularly striking as they show Princess Ghika's transformation of the decrepit old parterre garden into the spectacular water garden we know today.
Among all those clipped and ruled parterres in the chateaux of the Loire this containment and regulation of nature seems perfectly reasonable.
As well as vast parterres and miles of box hedging, the lupin border is one of the best in the country.
On the 300m-long east facade of Yekaterininsky palace there still exists a striking arabesque parterre, beyond which lies a large formal composition of rectangles formed by straight passageways and a canal.
He has created two, modern parterre gardens now due to be entered in a national award scheme.
67) The geometric compartments of flowers changed into parterres of box, and the patterns in these beds also underwent a radical alteration.
and having gained its summit, enjoyed a most enchanting view; a vast expanse of green meadows and strawberry fields; a meandering river gliding through, saluting in its various turnings the swelling, green, turfy knolls, embellished with parterres of flowers and fruitful strawberry beds; flocks of turkeys strolling about them; herds of deer prancing in the meads or bounding over the hills; companies of young, innocent Cherokee virgins, some busy gathering the rich fragrant fruit, others having already filled their baskets, lay reclined under the shade of floriferous and fragrant native bowers of Magnolia, Azalea Philadelphus, perfumed Calycanthus, sweet Yellow Jassamine and cerulean Glycenefrutescens.