The Medieval Garden

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University of Toronto Press, 2003 - Architecture - 144 pages
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As well as food and medicine, the medieval garden provided pleasure, repose and refreshment to the senses. From detailed manuscript descriptions and illustrations, Sylvia Landsberg builds up a picture of the various styles of garden from the small enclosed herber with plant borders, turf benches, and rose-covered trellises, to the vast cultivated parks of royalty and nobility. Amongst the species she finds in a fifteenth-century plant inventory are the familiar violet, lily and columbine, sage, basil and sorrel, pear, apple and vine, all still available to the modern gardener.

Combining her historical knowledge with practical experience of recreating medieval gardens in various sites in England, Landsberg explains how she designed Queen Eleanor's garden at Winchester and Brother Cadfael's physic garden at Shrewsbury. She gives detailed descriptions of layouts, the measurements of beds, and the types of tools required. Landsberg also presents the marvelous medieval gardeners calendar, illustrated in the twelve 'Occupations of the Months.' Uniquely, the book offers practical advice on how to create typical medieval features, making it an interesting and unusual gift for any keen gardener.

  

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User Review  - JoClare - LibraryThing

I love this little gem of a book, it appeals both to my wish for historical accuracy, as well as appealing to my love of art with the delightful illustrations of medieval gardens. A great combo of information and visual pleasure, this is a great addition to anyones library. Read full review

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How does one write about gardens that no longer exist? Landsberg, a garden historian and lecturer who has designed several 13th to 16th century-style gardens, re-creates medieval gardens by analyzing ... Read full review

Contents

Types of Medieval Garden
11
Garden Features
49
The Plants
74
The Practice of Medieval Gardening
86
Medieval Gardens ReCreated
101
Make your own Medieval Garden
131
Places to Visit
139
Bibliography
140
Acknowledgements
141
Index of Plants
142
Illustration Credits
143

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About the author (2003)

Sylvia Landsberg is a garden historian and lecturer and has re-created several twelfth to sixteenth-century gardens.

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