Making Gardens of Their Own: Advice for Women, 1550-1750: Essential Works for the Study of Early Modern Women: Series III, Part Three, Volume 1

1st Edition

Jennifer Munroe

Routledge
Published February 25, 2008
Reference - 472 Pages
ISBN 9780754651666 - CAT# Y234146
Series: The Early Modern Englishwoman: A Facsimile Library of Essential Works Series III, Part Three

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Summary

During the period 1500-1750 a general shift in gardening practice took place, from which emerged three distinct types of gardens: (traditional) subsistence or kitchen gardens, aesthetic gardens, and gendered aesthetic gardens. The gardening and husbandry manuals published during the period, typified by the texts selected for this volume, reveal how and what one planted was related to one's role in society. These texts attest to the changing nature of gardening - from a largely subsistence endeavour to an artful practice that became defined in gendered terms. The texts reproduced have been divided into two parts: gardening books for the 'country' housewife and gardening books for 'ladies'.

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