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....
|Title||:||The Medieval Garden|
|Publisher||:||University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division 2nd ed edition December 20, 2003|
|Number of Pages||:||145 pages|
|File Size||:||564 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Medieval Garden Reviews
This slim volume is dense with historically well research information. Orchards, vineyards and pleasure gardens all receive an attention to detail that is astonishing in its depth. There are instructions on creating one's own historical gardens, as well as examples of recreations already done. Pictures include the use of Medieval tools, types of hedging used, and diagrams of existing modern and period garden lay outs. The book is easy to read. This one is a candidate to read again and again. I highly recommend it for anyone with an interest in historical gardens.
Sylvia Landsberg's contemporary analysis of several medieval gardens provides case studies which enlighten scholars and amateur gardener's alike. For instance, here is how Landsberg analyzes the Bayleaf Garden (in my words):
Beautiful book. I was inspired to buy it after visiting the Cloisters in NYC. Nice pictures and great information.
It has explainations of why the gardens were created both in period and recreations. It lists plants used in the various types of gardens. It has wonderful drawings of gardens that no longer exist to show how they might have been. These are taken from archaeological finds. Great book with illuminations from the period! Super book for planning your own medieval garden. I got some new ideas for adding structures to make mine look more period in the deserts of Arizona
Lovely book which shows me how to structure our garden to look as the Medieval gardens looked. Good descriptions, good diagrams.
Great books for someone trying to understand medieval gardening and if you are a history buff.
Again I found the information within this book fascinating. Some of the ideas from this book would require too much money or available land - if only I could!! Nonetheless, ideas have sprung from my enjoyment Can't wait for Spring, so I can start gardening.
We have long wanted to do something with a long, narrow (30' x 14') section of the backyard that is terribly under-utilized. I picked up this book at a used book store and after reading the book, decided to build an herber or scent garden in that space.