This image 'Roman de la Rose' is taken from a 15th century medieval illustrated manuscript, illuminated by the artist known as 'The Master of Prayer Books', which was based on a poem 'The Story of the Rose', a story of chivalry and courtly love by Guillaume de Lorris.
The image depicts and idealised garden, a medieval pleasure garden, where the wealthy could enjoy cultural amusement and intellectual stimulation. Women, in particular, spent time in these enclosed gardens, 'hortus conclusus', protected from the rigours of everyday life.
When designing our garden, we took our inspiration form illuminated manuscripts of the period. In the images above you will see a brick-faced turf seat, wild strawberries and a tunnel arbour clothed in vines.