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A place where flowers and other plants are grown in a decorative and structured manner or for scientific purposes. Edit or translate this description.
Rendering in OSM Carto
Group: Leisure
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Status: de facto


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. See garden on Wikipedia


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

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

The most common form is known as a residential 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 might be for example fenced or distinguishable by its vegetation.


A single garden should be indicated by a single node node or area area. Areas should not include features (for example residential houses) which are not part of the garden itself.

Tagging scheme for leisure=garden
Tag Notes
name=* Name of the garden
garden:type=* Type of the garden. e.g. residential, community, botanical, see taginfo
garden:style=* Style of the garden, e.g. kitchen, rosarium, french, english, see taginfo
access=* Access tags to describe the allowed or preferred level of access.


The default rendering stylesheet, Carto, makes no distinction regarding type, style or access properties.

See also

  • leisure=park - park, usually urban (municipal)
  • landuse=allotments - allotment gardens with multiple land parcels assigned to individuals or families for gardening
  • shop=garden_centre - a shop selling potted flowers, and sometimes even trees (for a garden centre with plant nursery)
  • landuse=plant_nursery - a plant nursery, which grows live plants for sale
  • landuse=flowerbed - public area where flowers are planted.
  • landuse=farmland - an area of agricultural fields used for tillage (cereals, vegetables, oil plants and other annual food crops)

Some "gardens" may be tagged as leisure=park (while preserving "garden" part in name=*) with multiple flowerbeds (micromapping). Term "garden" is limited to specific languages rather than objective criteria to distingush gardens from leisure=parks.)

Possible tagging mistakes

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External links

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