Facebook: Medieval Gardens and Herbalism
e-Royalty Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
If you love gardening and the Middle Ages, we’ve found a delightful Facebook page to complement both of your interests. It’s called … Medieval Gardens and Herbalism.
This informative and picturesque Facebook page focuses, not only on the beauty of medieval and monastic gardens, but also on the medical and apothecary applications of herbs. In the Middle Ages, flowers and herbs were the local pharmacy and gardeners were well-versed in how to heal using the plants from their gardens.
The postings are eclectic and cover a wide range of gardening topics … from the medicinal use of dandelions to the calming effects of borage. I especially liked a link to a listing of English plant names from the 10th to 15th centuries. They even have a terrific post on selections from Shakespeare pertaining to ‘Flowers, Fruits and Animals’. And I thoroughly enjoyed the post on hunting for snails in the 14th century. Every garden, medieval or modern, has a snail or two.
The mixing of modern photography with old medieval manuscripts lends a timeless appeal to the Facebook page. I drooled over the amazing gardening images from the Vienna Tacuinum Sanitatis, a lushly illustrated 14th-century manuscript on well-being and health. I enjoyed the lovely modern photos of knot gardens which were quite popular in medieval times. The page also has sumptuous photos of many modern English gardens to give you lots of design ideas for your own garden.
Typical of this FB page is to show a wonderful medieval drawing of a flower or herb…and then the very next post show the plant lushly growing in a garden. Such a showing gives you a real “I can do this too” feeling when planning your own medieval garden.
Medieval Gardens and Herbalism is really a feast for the eyes and a wonderful resource to discover more about medieval plantings for both beauty and healing. If you’re a lover of gardening, you will truly get lost wondering through Medieval Gardens and Herbalism. If you’d like to round out your appreciation for the Middle Ages than we would recommend liking this page. Enjoy!