Architectural Ornament in Plant Forms
When used as ornament in western architecture plants have generally been rendered naturalistically as if they grew on the buildings they adorned, as shown in the example below.
Plants are not just the low-lying vegetation that we may grow in gardens, arrange in a vase, or eat. Trees are also plants, and it has been suggested that they played an important role in the evolution of the much admired Greek temples of classical antiquity. Theoretically, those temples began as altars set in groves of trees that were perhaps roped off and roofed to indicate a sacred precinct.