In this lecture, I would like to remind you that gardens have always been appreciated as places of particular thermal qualities. Our very understanding of microclimates in general, as I wish to show, is coined by the perception of gardens. Therefore I conceive the garden as an exemplary place of microclimatic experience. Such an experience is in sharp contrast to the modern concept of comfort, which basically relys on not providing thermal sensations (on not feeling the microclimatic conditions of a place). Gardens exceed the anesthesia set up by the 20th century’s notion of comfort.