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A place where flowers and other plants are grown in a decorative and structured manner or for scientific purposes.
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See Wikipedia-16px.png garden on Wikipedia

A garden is a distinguishable planned space, usually outdoors, set aside for the display, cultivation, and enjoyment of plants and other forms of nature. The garden can incorporate both natural and man-made materials. Western gardens are almost universally based on plants.

The most common form is known as a residential garden, it is a form of garden and is generally found in proximity to a residence, such as the front or back garden. The front garden may be a formal and semi-public space and so subject to the constraints of convention and law. While typically found in the yard of the residence, a garden may also be established on a roof, in an atrium, on a balcony, in windowboxes, or on a patio. Residential gardens are typically designed at human scale, as they are most often intended for private use. However, the garden of a great house, castle or a large estate may be larger than a public park in a village, and may produce foodstuffs as well.

A garden can also be a part of a park and open to the public. This can be indicated by adding access=yes.

A garden can have aesthetic, functional, and recreational uses:

  • Cooperation with nature
  • Observation of nature
  • Relaxation
  • Growing useful produce

Not to be confused with shop=garden_centre or leisure=park.

Meant to tag the land area itself, which might be for example fenced or distinguishable by its vegetation.


Tagging scheme for leisure=garden
Tag Notes
name=* Name of the garden
access=* Use access tags to describe the allowed or preferred level of access.

A single garden should be indicated by a single node or area. Those areas (of a property for instance) should exclude all areas (for example residential houses) which are not part of the garden itself.


As of 2010-10-26, the default openstreetmap.org webpage "Mapnik" rendering makes no distinction between public and private gardens, which sometimes provides some surprising results for whole city districts. How green is your city really? Bug report with linked examples: ticket 3302. In the meantime, it's probably wisest to tag residential gardens with access=private as noted above, if they're not meant to be visited by the public. Surrounding the garden with a separate landuse=residential area is probably a good idea too.

See also

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  • Some languages will prefer Garden while others will prefer term Park for "recrational areas with flowerbeds, fountains"