Re: garden woodwork projects
- On 6-Apr-04, at 3:48 AM, email@example.com wrote:
> Message: 1I have a dream of making a medieval garden in my back yard someday but
> Date: Mon, 05 Apr 2004 15:12:51 -0000
> From: "Patricia Emery" <jessimond@...>
> Subject: garden woodwork projects
> However, I am curious to know
> if anyone on this list is into medieval garden architecure - turf
> benches, gates, raised beds or grape arbors?
so far it is just a dream.
> What about making yourI would be interested to learn what if anything you have made or have
> own period gardening tools - dibbles and spades perhaps?
researched. I would like to have some period digging tools.
>My reference book is The Medieval Gardener written by Sylvia Landsberg
> I would like to try to grow grapevines on a period structure. Any
> one here ever build a period-style covered arbor or pergola? I have
> been researching such items and discovered most period art shows them
> with arched tops, not flat ones. I have no experience with this type
> of project and do not know where to begin with creating one for my
> own medieval garden, especially on my limited "do-it-yourself"
> Any ideas, comments or documentation for flat-top arbors dating
> before 1500? All are welcome!
1995 British Museum Press ISBN 0-7141-2082-4. I purchased it after
visiting Queen's Eleanor's garden in Winchester which is a recreated
Royal Garden. If you don't have this book I suggest you get it.
On page 49 she writes, 'Flat-topped pergolas which were constructed
from timber or from tree trunks also formed a canopy over paths,'
On page 138 there is a 15 th C picture of a flat topped small vine
arbour using forked vertical poles. (Bibliotheque Nationale, PAris NAL
1673, f.103v On the previous page she shows how to make a modern one
with growing advice (Note it is for England with their mild climate).
Best of luck
- Until you're ready to begin planting, why not go ahead and check out
the yahoo.com MedievalGardening group. Although they only had a few
ideas about gardening architecture, they have been very helpful with
other aspects of my garden!
I am just starting to research Medieval Gardening tools. I'd like to
make my own dibble, spade, rake and wheelbarrow - all of which can be
done without a blacksmith... From illuminations, I've seen shovels
where the handle is to one side of the spade part - not evenly placed
in the middle. The whole thing is made from a solid piece of wood.
Not sure as to the techniques used to create it. How were other long-
handled tools made, I wonder?
I had just recently ordered The Medieval Gardener written by Sylvia
Landsberg so am still waiting for it to arrive. Glad to know it is a
good one! Someone from the other list reccomended it as well, so I
ordered it last week. They stated it shows several versions of
arbors as well as turf seats. Many of these are made with wooden
sides held together with stakes, much the same way the raised beds
were made. I'm making my raised beds out of modern milled 2X8's
(untreated, of course!), but I'm going to make the stakes myself from
oak logs from the tree felled by Hurricane Isabel!
Some other future medieval garden woodwork projects are the afore
mentioned arbor and turf seat, fences, gates, trellises and other
period plant supports. If I ever meet a cooper, I'd also like to try
my hand at making my own buckets! That one will probably be a while
>"...I have a dream of making a medieval garden in my back yardsomeday but so far it is just a dream....I would be interested to
learn what if anything you have made or have researched. I would like
to have some period digging tools..."