Tuesday, 12 March 2013
Unless your Arabic is up to it the title of this post will mean nothing in and of itself. But I should like to draw your attention to a fascinating feature from McGill Publications that I just came across while researching early Herbals.
The translation of Kitab fi al-adwiyah al-mufradah is 'The Book of Simple Drugs', it was written in Al-Andalus (Moorish Spain) in the 12th century by Abu Ja’far al-Ghafiq (d.1165). One of the foremost Arab physicians and scholars of
his time, Abu Ja’far al-Ghafiq drew heavily on the work of earlier Greek botanists including Dioscorides (1st century CE) and Galen (2nd century CE), and earlier fellow Muslim scholars including Abu Hanifah al-Dinawari (d.895), Abu Bakr Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi (d.925), and Ibn Samajun (d.1001).
The manuscript is unicum - that is to say the only known copy of this work, and is now housed in the McGill University's Osler Library of the History of Medicine.
The Ghafiqi Project hosted at McGill aims is to produce a three-volume work, a facsimile of the original manuscript, a translation and a collection of scholarly commentary.
Tuesday, 5 March 2013
|Cyclamen coum on plate and paper (below)|
Thanks to Val Bott for bringing the following to my attention. Its always interesting to see how different art forms influence each other, in this case botanical illustration on porcelain decoration.
The post by Pam Woolliscroft author of Spode History tells about the botanical designs employed by Spode in the 19th century and which were inspired by the plates in Curtis's Botanical Magazine. The magazine was founded by William Curtis in 1787. Samuel succeeded to the editorship of the magazine in 1827 selling his rights in 1846. Curtis's Botanical Magazine (1801-1920) is downloadable for free from our good friends at the Biodiversity Heritage Library.
Spode is a Stoke-on-Trent based pottery company that was founded by Josiah Spode (1733-1797) in 1770. Josiah Spode earned renown for perfecting under-glaze blue transfer printing in 1783-1784 – a development that led to the launch in 1816 of Spode’s Blue Italian range which has remained in production ever since. Josiah Spode is also often credited with developing a successful formula for fine bone china.
|A snip at €2,413|
A modern example of the same would be Royal Copenhagen's beautiful - but expensive - Flora Danica collection.
Friday, 1 March 2013
A big thank you to Kate Spirgen and A Garden Life for the interview about Heirloom Fruits & Vegetables. The article can be read here.
Thursday, 28 February 2013
A month or so ago I discovered Sustainable Cities Collective, from which I have learned a huge amount and developed a great respect for their contributors.
|Photo Credit: DeepRoot|
I posted a feature about a couple of weeks back about Historic Gardens being Biodiversity Hotspots and today I would like to offer you another insightful piece by L. Peter MacDonagh, this time about the History of Street Trees. Do read and enjoy.
Wednesday, 27 February 2013
Interesting in digging a little deeper or wanting to discover a whole lot more about global garden history? Then please do do come and join my on-line garden history course.
The course is a month in duration, and there is one video lecture and optional assignment for each of the four weeks. The format enables you to study at your own pace and I throughout the month I am there to answer questions and queries and to provide feedback on assignments.
Hosted by My Garden School the course begins on March 02.
Here's a taster from the first lecture:
Tuesday, 26 February 2013
The Research Center for Japanese Garden Art and Historical Heritage, in Kyoto, Japan, runs an annual English language intensive seminar regarding the Japanese Garden. The course is designed for the serious student, amateur or professional and is a rare opportunity for English language speakers, giving broad access to Japanese gardens and gardeners. It is not a garden tour.
The Centre is currently accepting applications for review and selection for the 15th seminar to be held in October of 2013. In order to provide maximum personal attention, the course is limited to a maximum of students. More details via the link above.
Friday, 22 February 2013
|Jane Loudon 1807-1858|
Garden historians are generally familiar with the hugely prolific, workaholic 19th century garden designer and garden-writer, John Claudius Loudon. Most of his works are available from the Biodiversity Heritage Library for free - just follow this link.
However, he was married to an equally fascinating woman, Jane Loudon (née Webb). Jane was not only a pioneer of science fiction (The Mummy! was published in 1827) but also a pioneer in encouraging ladies to garden - genteelly of course!
Jane was the author of five books and one magazine and her highly popular and influential Instruction on Gardening for Ladies (1840) has been reprinted by Oxford University Press and both the tome and the author as the subject of yet another fascinating post from the Cambridge Library Collection.
Do take a read and learn more about Mrs. Loudon