Historical gardens

Rosa in ancient times

Already around 5 000 years ago in ancient Mesopotamia rose was cultivated. Sargon I, the first king of  Akkad, had rose bushes in his garden. Then this species from Babylon and Persia was brought to the region of present Turkey and then to Egypt and Rome. In Egypt in Late Period (1085-300 B.C.) Rosa sancta was… Continue reading Rosa in ancient times

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Historical gardens

Acclimatization of plants – first attempts

At present we live surrounding by plants from all over the world, sometimes not even aware that our favorite pot plants or flower originates from not only different country but different continent. It was not always so but people tried to enrich the selection of cultivated plants for long time. The first attempt occurred already… Continue reading Acclimatization of plants – first attempts

Historical gardens

Difference between Arabic and European fountains

The water is an important and essential part in almost all garden types and styles and plays a few various roles. It is quite often presented in the form of a fountain, which was used for many centuries in different parts of the world. Still there is a distinctive difference between fountains built in Europe… Continue reading Difference between Arabic and European fountains

Historical gardens

Dictionary of medieval garden part 2

Recently we had a look at some basic vocabulary, connected with medieval gardens. Now, let's continue a little this topic. . Types of medieval garden Abbot’s garden – having ornamental and representational function, located outside monastery where an abbot received lay guests. Herbularius (also called Hortus medicus) – garden of medical plants, prototype of botanical… Continue reading Dictionary of medieval garden part 2

Historical gardens

Dictionary of medieval gardens

There was only a little remained of ancient garden culture in Europe after the Great Migration period but it is not true that nothing left. At first, the gardens recovered in monasteries and then spread again to private residences. Let’s look at most typical topics connected with gardens from this period. Parts of garden and… Continue reading Dictionary of medieval gardens