The Gardens behind the Pavilions were left unspecified by Jefferson, as can be seen in the original drawings and engravings. Though they may have been meant as vegetable gardens to supply the Hotel kitchens, their very indeterminacy was likely intentional on Jefferson’s part, with his empirical fondness for flexibility, variation, and open-endedness. The current layout of the Gardens (c.1948) is impressive in its intuition of Jefferson’s ideology and even enriches the dialectical nature of the Lawn. Due to the steep downward slope to the east, the east and west Gardens are fundamentally different in character. The west Gardens have been designed in the French rationalist tradition, with flat pristine lawns and hedges incised by the regular geometrical motifs of the pathways. The east Gardens, on the other hand, reflect English empiricism and their tradition of the picturesque landscape. These Gardens are distinguished by winding paths, uneven terrain, and overgrown trees, bushes, and brambles. Jefferson himself was selective about what he liked from these two cultures. While he dismissed English neo-Palladian architecture, he embraced their landscape tradition, as it was influenced by the “sublime” ideology of the Romantics; and while he self-professedly fell in love with the rationalism of French Neoclassical architecture, he found their obsessively ordered gardens, with the need to demonstrate mastery over nature, distasteful. At the Academical Village, the Gardens are the representative of both traditions, each camped on one side of the Lawn and engaging each other through their very contrast.