13. Time and Temporality in the Garden

  1. Dan O'Brien PhD Research Fellow Associate Lecturer
  1. Dr. Mara Miller PhD gardener philosopher Asian art specialist artist

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324563.ch13

Gardening - Philosophy for Everyone

Gardening - Philosophy for Everyone

How to Cite

Miller, M. (2010) Time and Temporality in the Garden, in Gardening - Philosophy for Everyone (ed D. O'Brien), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324563.ch13

Editor Information

  1. Oxford Brookes University, UK

Author Information

  1. Boulder County Fair, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 24 SEP 2010

Book Series:

  1. Philosophy for Everyone

Book Series Editors:

  1. Fritz Allhoff

Series Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330212

Online ISBN: 9781444324563



  • time and temporality in the garden;
  • gardens and six notions of time - scientific time, kairos, subjective time, individual's inner experience of time and historical time;
  • ancient Greeks, two contrasting notions of time - Chronos and Kairos;
  • gardeners, and distinction between kairos and chronos - matter of life and death;
  • desire for plants to bloom - experiencing time a slowing down or subjective time;
  • astronomers' time, marking out seasons - equally germane to gardeners;
  • duration and intensity of sunshine - affecting every aspect of garden design;
  • climate and garden aesthetics - complex interactions between time (the seasons) and place;
  • kinds of shared time and shared varieties of historical time - as understood by particular cultures;
  • gardeners integrating cyclical time of plants - with internal calendar and seasons with scientific time


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Chronos and Kairos

  • Chronos and Scientific Time

  • Climate and Garden Aesthetics

  • Subjective Time

  • Objective or Shared Time

  • Cyclical Time

  • The Garden's Times

  • Moving Through the Garden

  • Experiences of Time in the Garden

  • Notes