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17th Century Period Garden

Late Elizabethan 1550-1620


17th Century Garden

Feverfew with purple clary sage - photograph Sunniva Harte


The gardens of town houses were generally modest and of a functional nature, based on medieval patterns, to provide plants of medicinal, culinary and household uses.

A wide variety of herbs, vegetables (known as pot herbs) and flowers were grown, probably in geometrical, raised beds surrounded by gravel.

Seventeenth century period garden Hawthorn Tree
Photographer: M Williams

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