Recreational Gardens

Contemporary gardens are intended as places in which to relax and socialise. The emphasis is on informality whether in the casual nature of the private estate or the twisting paths of a public park which can lead to obviously recreational areas such as boating ponds, restaurants and play areas for children. In the evenings the parks provide a forum for people to bring their friends and share a barbecue, to meet friends and go for a walk or even to meet or search for a loved one.
Their use is more sociable or gregarious than the English park where there is a greater emphasis on privacy, segregation or seclusion.
A family relaxes in a private country estate or bagh in Karaj, north of Tehran. Note the informality of dress and also the functional nature of the planting. The bagh is as much a source of produce as it is a place for recreation.