Medieval Flowers

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Kyle Cathie, 2002 - Gardening - 160 pages
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It was in medieval gardens that the healing arts, poetry, spirituality, a sense of order in the cosmos, and an appreciation of beauty took root and were cultivated. Flowers had significance almost incomprehensible to the modern-day gardener. Precious as jewels, painted and praised, they played a part in every courtly ritual and village romance. From peony to poppy, columbine to lily and iris, Medieval Flowers celebrates the species that grew then and still grow today. Master photographer Clay Perry reveals their stunning beauty in 140 color images, as Miranda Innes explores the rituals and festivals in which flowers played a major role. She also details the medicinal, cosmetic, and herbal uses of each plant, surveys the designs of physic, kitchen, and pleasure gardens, and introduces us to medieval gardens that can still be visited today. Complete with an illustrated directory that provides cultivation details for each flower, this is a book that will be coveted by all gardeners.

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User Review  - Bunnyjadwiga - Goodreads

Very pretty illustrations; however, the writer was rather out of touch with actual history. Read full review

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User Review  - Elyse - Goodreads

Book of photographs but text was very interesting too. Highlights plants grown in medieval gardens through every season - they used lots of herbs. Read full review


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Miranda Innes's books include the international bestsellers The Country Home Decorating Book, Ethnic Style, and The Country Living Country Decorator. She lives in England.

English photographer Clay Perry 's work has appeared in "World of Interiors" and "Country Living" and in more than a dozen books.

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