People have been decorating gardens throughout the world for thousands of years. Most of the decorating has involved simple, natural decor but some civilizations and cultures managed to turn the decorating of the garden into an art form. Although garden statues and careful pruning have beautified many a backyard, many of the most impressive gardens can be found in Europe. Sculptures for garden were limited to the clergy and nobility for much of post-Roman European history until the Italian Renaissance. As sculpting and other art forms flourished, merchants and well to do families placed fantastic statues in their gardens, including beautiful stone garden angels and works that paid homage to Greek garden statues. This garden decorating trend spread throughout much of Europe and may have reached its zenith during the Victorian era.
The United Kingdom took center stage as the most powerful nation during this time period and demonstrated wealth, knowledge, and prestige with estates and homes that had some of the most stunning gardens in history. Dozens of breathtaking statues decorated Victorian yards along with outdoor garden water fountains and the occasional bronze. Many of these sculptures can still be seen to this day, some on private estates and others on the grounds of museums and castles. Advances in the materials used to make resin garden statues have also made it possible to decorate your backyard with the same type of regal sculptures. Add the same sort of classic European flair to your place with statues like the Staverden Castle Peacock on an Urn, and Hebe, the Goddess of Youth Sculpture.
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