A gazebo is a small building, usually in a garden, with a good view.
This word, gazebo, is surrounded by more mystery than an earnest etymologist would like. It appears in 1752 without any warning or antecedent in part four of a book by William and John Halfpenny with the title New Designs for Chinese Temples, an influential work that was aimed at the then new English fashion for the oriental in design and architecture.
Little is known about William Halfpenny, who called himself an architect and carpenter, not even if this was his real name (another architectural writer of the period, Batty Langley, said he was actually called Michael Hoare), nor whether his collaborator John Halfpenny was his son, as some have assumed, or even existed.
The word gazebo is equally mysterious. A lot of people have assumed that — like the temples described in the book — it must be of oriental origin. If it is, nobody has found its source. Failing that, etymologists make an educated guess that he named the structure tongue-in-cheek, taking the ending -ebo from the Latin future tense and adding it to gaze, so making a hybrid word that might mean “I will look”. If true, the model was probably videbo, “I shall see”, or perhaps lavabo, literally “I will wash”, taken from the Latin mass of the Roman Catholic Church to refer to the towel or basin used in the ritual washing of the celebrant’s hands.
Early gazebos were often a tower on the roof of a house, a projecting balcony, or a structure attached to the top of a wall. Only much later was the word applied to a summerhouse, usually one with open sides. To be strict about it, only those edifices with a good view may be given that name; all others are mere shelters. source
The word ‘Belvedere’ comes from the Italian Bel = beautiful + vedere = to see. The most famous belvederes are the Belvedere Palace in Vienna, Forte Belvedere in Florence and Fort Belvedere used by the Duke of Windsor prior to his abdication. In time it has come to mean a nice place to sit and admire the view, such as a summerhouse, and the word ‘belvedere’ is used by the Italians, the French, the Spanish, and now the English. The difference between gazebo and belvedere is that a belvedere is usually at rooftop level and commanding a fine view, just from higher up. Sometimes the two, gazebo and belvedere are used interchangeably. source
Let’s look at some examples, and when covered, it is with the rose. In Victorian days, these were often referred to as Rose Pavilions.
Roses are perhaps the most popular flower in the world. The two photos immediately below are of the Rose Garden located in Roseraie du Val-de-Marne, a garden devoted to roses which was established in 1899. It is regarded as the first ever garden dedicated exclusively to roses. Roseraie du Val-de-Marne has a total of 13,100 rose bushes featuring 3200 species and varieties. source
I hope you enjoyed this. I love roses, and there are now climbing roses that are hardy enough to survive in most gardening zones, and that require enough care to be worth their while.
We are enjoying an very unusual August. At this time we are usually experiencing the dog days, hot and humid and miserable. Not only are we way below normal temperature wise, but enjoying lower humidity as well. The A/C has been off for days, unheard off in the south. The nights have been down in low 60’s and even a couple in the 50’s! Each day we get closer to September means fewer days of normal August weather, and that makes me a happy camper. I hope you are all enjoying these last few weeks of summer before school starts as well. Thanks for stopping by. Laters, charisse
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