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French derivation, I think. At first I thought "parterre" but that's not it. I'm thinking about a window or opening cut into a tall privet hedge, usually made of yew or laurel.

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  • Can you provide an image of that 'window cut into a hedge'? – Decapitated Soul May 20 at 22:42
  • I couldn't add a photo but here's a link to one. google.com/… – Susan Wiggs May 21 at 14:32
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    Good examples of topiary. But the first photo is English Ivy, a vine, so the cutout is really ivy growing on a structure. The ivy is not actually cut out. – Yosef Baskin May 21 at 15:07
  • Window hedge. – Decapitated Soul May 21 at 15:43
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How about aperture, which sounds like parterre, but is actually just a fancy word for opening, hole, or gap. From Lexico:

aperture: an opening, hole, or gap

Example:

While she was trying to find her way out of the maze, she laid eyes on her soulmate for the first time through an aperture in the privet hedge.

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There is this, "The Door in the Hedge". The author might have nonced it somewhere in there.

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