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rock garden

  1. a garden on rocky ground or among rocks, for the growing of alpine or other plants.
  2. a garden decorated with rocks, usually a wide variety of interestingly shaped, multicolored rocks, especially quartz.
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Origin of rock garden

First recorded in 1830–40
Also called rockery.
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Examples from the Web for rock-garden

Historical Examples of rock-garden

  • The shadow of the house stretched velvet and blunt over the rock-garden.

    Saint's Progress

    John Galsworthy

  • Either in the border, rock-garden, or grass, it is very effective when in a mass.

    The Book of Bulbs

    Samuel Arnott

  • There is a kind of rock-garden from which you must approach from that side.

  • "Come and look at the rock-garden," said Caroline to Maurice Bradby.

    The Graftons

    Archibald Marshall

  • Cilicicum and alpinum are tiny little species with red or white flowers and small leaves, and are best suited for the rock-garden.

    The Book of Bulbs

    Samuel Arnott

British Dictionary definitions for rock-garden

rock garden

  1. a garden featuring rocks or rockeries
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Word Origin and History for rock-garden


1819, from rock (n.1) + garden (n.).

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