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Herbs

According to Teresa McLean in her wonderful book Medieval English Gardens, herbs were  grown side by side with vegetables and flowers in common kitchen gardens of the medieval period. Larger estates and monasteries often had separate herb gardens, that were very well … Continue reading

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Water

Beginning in the 14th or 15th century the garden pond came into vogue.  These ponds, shallow and lined with a clay water barrier, not only supplied a water source for the renaissance garden but were also “appreciated (for) their ornamental … Continue reading

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Garden Layout: Form and Function

French medieval garden Bios Richeux via http://www.designsponge.com/2010/05/past-present-kitchen-garden-history.html I have been intently reading Susan Campbell’s book Charleston Kedding, A History of Kitchen Gardening which chronicles the changes in one English estate’s kitchen gardening practice from the 1630’s into the 1990’s.  Campbell extensively … Continue reading

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Two Interesting Articles

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/Alfred-W-Crosby-on-the-Columbian-Exchange.html http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/How-the-Potato-Changed-the-World.html?onsite_source=relatedarticles&onsite _medium=internallink&onsite_campaign=SmithMag&onsite_content=How

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CORN

It is hard to imagine life without corn, especially now that it is used not only as a food source (tortilla chips and succulent corn on the cob throughout summer months etc.) but also in ethanol, and disposable silverware etc. … Continue reading

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Renaissance Center Garden Project

The plan is to research European gardens before and after Christopher Columbus traveled to the New World.  Hopefully through this research we will discover a clear shift in cottage gardening practices, and types of species present, induced by globalization.  Should be … Continue reading

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