Topic: Describe a garden you visited and like. You should say
– Where the garden is
– How do you feel about it
– Why do you like it
As a citizen in a metropolitan city, I am usually partial to choosing fresh outing spaces for relaxation after being up to my neck in work. The list of ideal places to visit is in fact pretty long but if I have to choose one strongly recommended shot, I would probably pick the Queen Botanical Garden in the outskirt of my city. I really need to add that whenever I am under pressure from the fast-paced living, I will pay for this amazing park a visit, take a walk and refresh my mind. The fresh and quiet atmosphere at this Garden totally enables me to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. After going for a stroll in the park and get a full lung of fresh air, I feel like I’ve been fully recharged and ready for any challenges ahead. The factors accounting for my special love to this park not only stop at the fresh air part but also because it is, in fact, a botanical garden devoted to growing various plants. For years, this park has always given me lots of precious opportunities to enjoy the stunning fauna with a plenty of gorgeous flowers and trees. There is no doubt to confirm that this garden has made great contributions to preserving local plants diversity as well as enhance people’s recreation lives. Almost every individual comes to this park show their great appreciation for the local authority’s attempt at conserving nature lives.
QUESTIONS FOR PART 3
1. Are there many public gardens in your country?
To be honest, there are only a few public gardens due to the shortage of residential areas, especially in large towns and cities. The authorities seem to pay excessive attention to economic growth and ignore the provision of green spaces for citizens’ enjoyment and relaxation. For example, Madrid City has a small number of public gardens, but a lot of high-rise buildings.
2. Do you think there are enough public gardens in your hometown?
Personally, I think the number of public gardens in my hometown is insufficient. Due to the shortage of housing and the increasing number of citizens, people tend to make use of land for living or cultivation rather than giving priority to public areas such as gardens or parks.
3. What do you think are the benefits of having gardens in the city?
Having sufficient urban green spaces will bring many ecological and health benefits for the city and its residents. Regarding the environmental benefit, public gardens help to preserve various species of wild plants, they have beautiful flowers and they keep the ecological balance of the area. City gardens also have a positive impact on the health of city dwellers and factory workers.
4. Very often, public gardens are not designed in a simple way but, instead, are laid out in a rather complex way. Why do you think this is the case?
In my opinion, a public garden built in a complex design pattern is very eye-catching and attractive for people to visit. A garden consisting of sculptures, various rare species of plants and special landscaping will be more appealing to visitors who wish to explore something unique. To make an analogy, I believe that public gardens are designed to capture public attention in the same way that architects design the structure of their buildings.
5. Do you think governments should provide more public gardens for people to visit?
Of course, I definitely agree with the idea that governments and authorities ought to provide more public gardens for their citizens for the following reasons.
Public gardens are collections of plants and flowers; they are used not only for enjoyment but also for education so that people, especially children, can have the chance to understand and be close to nature. In this function as outdoor classrooms, they raise an awareness of environmental issues as well as the conservation of special species.
Also, urban green spaces play an important role in leisure and recreation – imagine the pleasure of sitting and reading a book or strolling and chatting with friends, surrounded by the sight and smells of beautiful flowers.
6. What do people do when they go to a public garden?
There are various reasons why citizens go to a public garden, but I think the main one is to find an oasis of peace and tranquility amid the frenzy and chaos of city life. Residents, in general, can go there to enjoy the fresh, tranquil atmosphere and relax simply by appreciating the beauty of the flowers and the songs of the birds.
Moreover, it is very practical for children and students to visit public gardens in order to be in touch with nature and acquire knowledge about it. As a student, I would say that public gardens are also a great place to read a book and to reflect on the lectures or seminars of the day.
7. How do people of different age groups use public gardens?
Different age groups will have dissimilar preferences in using public gardens. For example, elderly people tend to go there to relax, go jogging or doing exercises like tai chi. Then again, when public gardens also incorporate play areas, these are very safe environments in which parents can keep a watchful eye on their children.
Residential areas [noun]: areas consisting of houses, not factories or offices
Example: She lives in a quiet residential area, but she has to travel a long way to work.
Excessive [adjective]: greater than what seems reasonable or appropriate
Example: They complained about the excessive noise made by their neighbors.
High-rise [adjective]: a building that is very tall, and has lots of floors
Example: She lives on the 10th floor of a high-rise apartment block.
Insufficient [adjective]: not large, strong or important enough for a specific purpose
Example: There was insufficient time in the exam to answer all the questions. Urban green spaces [expression]: areas of open land within large towns or cities Example: In our city, there are insufficient urban green spaces for residents to enjoy.
Preserve [verb]: to keep something in existence and in good condition
Example: The society was founded in order to preserve elephants from extinction.
Ecological [adjective]: the relationship between plants and animals to their environment and to each other
Example: When rats were introduced to the island, they destroyed the ecological balance between the animals already living there.
Eye-catching [adjective]: immediately noticeable, because it is very attractive
Example: The actors wore beautiful clothes in eye-catching colours.
Landscaping [noun]: the process of making a garden or other pieces of land more attractive by changing the design or planting trees and flowers
Example: The new campus at the university has beautiful landscaping, making it a very attractive place at which to study.
Appealing [adjective]: attractive and interesting
Example: The design of the doll is very appealing to young girls.
Unique [adjective]: very special or unusual