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gardening-bks-bib - 3/29/08


Various gardening bibliographies and book reviews.


NOTE: See also the files: gardening-bib, gardening-msg, herbs-msg, herb-uses-msg, p-agriculture-bib, p-herbals-msg, Palladius-art, Pattrn-Gardns-art.





This file is a collection of various messages having a common theme that I  have collected from my reading of the various computer networks. Some messages date back to 1989, some may be as recent as yesterday.


This file is part of a collection of files called Stefan's Florilegium. These files are available on the Internet at: http://www.florilegium.org


I  have done  a limited amount  of  editing. Messages having to do  with separate topics  were sometimes split into different files and sometimes extraneous information was removed. For instance, the  message IDs  were removed to save space and remove clutter.


The comments made in these messages are not necessarily my viewpoints. I make  no claims  as  to the accuracy of  the information  given  by the individual authors.


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Thank you,

    Mark S. Harris                  AKA:  THLord Stefan li Rous

                                          Stefan at florilegium.org



Subject: Gardening Books

Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2000 16:30:23 -0800 (PST)

From: Betty Eyer <betty_eyer at yahoo.com>

To: Merry Rose <atlantia at atlantia.sca.org>


Happy Reading!



Restoring Period Gardens - John Harvey - Shire Garden

History - ISBN 0-7478-0200-9


Illustrated Herbal - Thames and Hudson - Blunt &

Raphael, ISBN 0-500-27786-9


The Renaissance Garden in England - Roy Strong -

Thames and Hudson - ISBN 0-500-27214-X


Medieval Flowers - Innes & Perry - Kyle Cathie Ltd -

ISBN 1-85626-259-6 (actually, this is almost a coffee

table book, but it does illustrate well the idea of

getting refrences about plants from literature and



Medieval Health Handbook - Tacuinum Sanitatis - George

Braziller - ISBN 0-8076-1277-4


Culpepper's Complete Herbal and English Physician -

Meyerbooks - ISBN 0-916638-20-0


The Medieval Garden - Sylvia Landsberg - Thames and

Hudson - ISBN 0-500-01691-7


The History of Gardens - Chritopher Thacker -

University of California Press - ISBN 0-520-05629-9


An Illustrated History of Gardening - Anthony Huxley -

The Lyons Press - ISBN - 1- 55821 - 693 - 6


Shakespeare's Flowers - Jessica Kerr - Johnson Books -

ISBN 1-55566-202-1


Brother Cadfael's Herb Garden - Little, Brown & Co -

ISBN - ISBN 0-8212-2386-9



Magdalena de Hazebrouck

Purpure, a fess fesule argent between three torches or.



Date: Fri, 3 Dec 2004 22:01:49 -0500

From: Stephen Bloch <sbloch at adelphi.edu>

Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] I finally got some land to garden on..

To: Jenn Strobel <jenn.strobel at gmail.com>,        Cooks within the SCA

        <sca-cooks at ansteorra.org>


> ..but i've never gardened before.


> I'll have on the order of up to half an acre to build a garden on and

> the ability to have a mulch pile (but that takes a while to "pay off"

> as it were).  It is located in SouthWestern, PA and is mostly shaded.

> I don't want ornamental, i'm more focused towards a theme of "things I

> can eat".


> Given those conditions, what kinds of vegetables/plants would y'all

> recommend I put in?  What advice would y'all have for the novice

> gardener?  What books/websites would y'all recommend for me to peruse

> for inspiration/information?


I would start with Sylvia Landesberg's _The Medieval Garden_, Thames

& Hudson pub., ISBN 0-500-01691-7 (I don't see a copyright date; I

think it's in the 1980's).  I wrote a review of it for Tournaments

Illuminated a few years ago.  It discusses several different

categories of medieval gardens, of which it sounds like you'd want an

"herber", a small, enclosed garden of herbs and vegetables (albeit

with, perhaps, some "leisure" features as well).  Landesberg also

discusses what fruits and vegetables would be in a medieval garden,

how it would have been laid out, crop rotation cycles, etc.  She has

designed a good number of medieval gardens at various historic sites

around Great Britain, and includes a chapter discussing how she did

each one, as well as a chapter on designing your own medieval garden.


Some other sources:

Tania Bayard's _Sweet Herbs and Sundry Flowers: Medieval Gardens and

the Gardens of the Cloisters_, Metropolitan Museum of Art 1985, ISBN

0-87099-422-0 or 0-87923-593-4.  Includes about 15 pages on "the uses

of herbs in the Middle Ages", then a chapter on each of the several

reconstructed cloister gardens at The Cloisters (the medieval annex

building of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York).  Not a lot

of detail on each plant, just tables of what plants are in which

garden and what "theme" they chose for each garden.


Margaret B. Freeman's _Herbs for the Medieval Household_,

Metropolitan Museum of Art 1947 (2nd ed. 1997), ISBN 0-87099-776-9.

Lists about a hundred herb and spice plants, with a woodcut and a few

paragraphs on citations and uses in the Middle Ages for each.


Michel Botineau's _Les Plantes du Jardin Medieval_, Edition Eveil

Nature 2001, ISBN 2-84000-034-2.

(Checking the Web site, I see a copyright date of 2003 and ISBN

2-7011-3785-3; this may be a new edition, or may simply reflect the

publisher being bought out by Editions Belin.)  I don't think there's

an English-language edition; we picked this up at a museum shop in

France.  It lists hundreds of plant species (herbs, spices, fruits,

vegetables, etc.), with (for each) a picture, French common names,

botanical name, at least one primary-source citation for its use in

medieval Europe, and a few paragraphs about how it was used in the

Middle Ages.


                                     John Elys


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