Great gardens all contain three essential elements: plants, water, and hardscapes. Guests experience all of these elements immediately.
Note the tilted garden, fountains and waterfalls, and the monumental steps leading to an open-air central porch.
The porch is a manmade canopy of trees (southern architecture is known for porches that capture breezes and provide shade). This central porch is where one enters and exits the garden, but also serves as place for groups to meet and organize.