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Date of Publishing: 2012-04-27 00:00:00.0
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Terrace gardens are a new rage in the city now. Enhancing the beauty of a house, this earmarks better use of the otherwise barren space.
The beauty of a house depends on how it is maintained. Gone are those days where the beauty factor depended only upon the interiors. This is the time where the focus has shifted a lot on the exterior look as well.
It is said the external appearance of an individual reflects his attitude. This statement can very well be attributed to the houses they live in as well.  "The external appearance of a house will definitely depict the nature and the nature of the dwellers" says Rakesh Raj, Architect. Undeniably, the Natural green cover in a house is bound to amplify the beauty of any house.
Interior gardens in a house will unquestionably give the abode a better outlook; of course the maintenance can be a hitch. It is not an easy task at all. Especially upholding terrace gardens is the most expensive job which requires utmost patience. In the contemporary world, maintenance of terrace gardens has become a trendy obsession and a status symbol too. Terrace gardens give the edifice rich looks, and people these days prefer to maintain a garden on their terrace and balconies.
The residents of Hyderabad have embraced this culture of terrace gardens for quite some time now. "Terrace gardens give a beautiful look to my home. In the evenings there is no need for me to go to the parks. These gardens enhance the pleasantness of the evening atmosphere", says Narasimha Rao, a resident of Banjara Hills, who maintains a beautiful garden on his building's terrace.

HISTORY
This culture of terrace gardens was a part of ancient Persian culture.  During those times, the terrace was viewed as a form of ceremonial tent. Such a terrace had its origins in the far older agricultural practice of terracing a sloping site. The hanging gardens of Babylon were built on an artificial mountain with stepped terraces, like those on a ziggurat. So it is said, the hanging gardens of Babylon are the birthplace of terrace gardens.  Therefore the terrace gardens are also known as Persian gardens or Babylonian gardens.

MODERN DAY
The existing terrace gardens are terrace architecture elements that extend out from an apartment or residence at any floor level other than ground level. They are often discussed in conjunction with roof gardens, although they are not always true roof gardens, instead being balconies and decks. These outdoor spaces can easily be turned into lush gardens. Automated drip irrigation and low-flow irrigation systems, and outdoor furnishings are used in the maintenance of terrace gardens.
Finally, it is clear that these terrace gardens, besides the decorative benefit provide food, temperature control, hydrological benefits, architectural enhancement, habitats or corridors for wildlife, and recreational opportunities too.

--CITYPLUS FEATURES DESK

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