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Directions for the Gardiner by John Evelyn
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John Evelyn is best known today for his Diary, second only in reputation to that of his friend and fellow-diarist, Samuel Pepys. But during a period of great social and political upheaval in England, at the same time as he was recording the events of the Civil War, the Restoration of Charles II and the Great Fire of London, he was also writing meticulous notes on the upkeep of his garden at Sayes Court, instructions for his gardener 'which may be of use for other gardens'. In Directions for the Gardiner he advises how to cultivate and tend perennials, annuals, root vegetables and trees, with lists of plants and gardening terms and tools. The Kalendarium Hortense and the Acetaria, the other two works collected here, are equally fascinating for their mixture of practical advice and insights into seventeenth-century horticulture. One of the earliest gardening calendars, the Kalendarium gives month by month advice on work in the kitchen and flower garden as well as listing each month's 'prime' flowers and vegetables; the Acetaria deals with salad crops, and how best to dress and prepare them for eating. Providing a window into our gardening past, Directions for the Gardiner is a charming and eye-opening manual for garden lovers everywhere.

Author Biography

Maggie Campbell-Culver is a contributing editor to he Oxford Companion to the Garden (2006). She is a Fellow of the Linnean Society and founder member of the National Council for the Preservation of Plants and Gardens. She lectures and broadcasts on historical and gardening matters and has published articles in Country Life, The Tablet and other journals. Her books include The Origin of Plants (2004), shortlisted for the Guild of Garden Writers Award and A Passion for Trees (2006).
Release date Australia
May 1st, 2009
Edited by Maggie Campbell-Culver
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
3-4 black and white
Oxford University Press
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