from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See rock garden.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a section of a garden made from decorative rocks and alpine plants

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A mound formed of fragments of rock, earth, etc., and set with plants.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An artificial mound formed of stones or fragments of rock, earth, etc., for the cultivation of particular kinds of plants, as ferns.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a garden featuring rocks; usually alpine plants


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  • A rockery is a part of the place in which plants are grown in pockets between rocks.

    Manual of Gardening (Second Edition)

  • Presently, armed with an order to view, she was standing in the old-fashioned long drawing-room with its two french windows giving on to a flagged terrace in front of which a kind of rockery interspersed with flowering shrubs fell sharply to a stretch of lawn below.

    Sleeping Murder

  • This "rockery," as it is called, is clothed in summer with verdure and flowers, and from its summit one finds an extended and charming view of the village, with its cottages, its workshops, and the villas of the proprietors of the latter.

    The Bay State Monthly — Volume 2, No. 4, January, 1885

  • Arthur had made a fantastic "rockery" of skulls and shanks and ribs, and filled it in with earth, enough to furnish growth for trailing nasturtiums, whose bright red and yellow blossoms were strangely at variance with their sombre setting.

    The Second Chance

  • Near the sycamore, where an old oak had fallen, the rotting stump was hidden by a high "rockery," edged with conch shells, and over the rough gray rocks a tangle of garden flowers ran wild -- sweet-william, petunias, phlox, and the mossy stems of red and yellow portulaca.

    The Voice of the People

  • There's no real feeling of a barrier between you and the animals (except the highly dangerous big-cats and eagles), with water barriers and a kind of rockery-barrier-meets-electric-fence thing.

    Planet Python

  • The hike leaves from Silvermine Reserve (entrance R15 per adult) and took us roughly 40 minutes to cover the walk through spiderwebs, fynbos and rockery.

    Elephants Eye

  • A cornucopia of flowers bursts through rockery walls.

    What Does A $75 Million Luxury House Look Like?

  • Unfortunately, we aren't zoned that way, and the half I'd love to sell off is a very steep slope with a rockery that rises about thirty feet in the first third of the lot.

    Redefining Self-Sufficiency « PubliCola

  • They descended through a rockery, the stones planted with many beautiful flowers and interspersed with many circles of carefully combed sand.

    Blood Ninja II


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  • The biblical apostle Simon was called Peter by Jesus because he was to be the rock upon which the Christian church was to be built.

    February 25, 2007

  • The boy's name Peter is pronounced PEE-ter. It is of Greek origin, and its meaning is "rock."

    ...therefore... it has been officially decided by the Pete Collective, that the collective noun for a group of people called Peter is: A Rockery

    February 25, 2007