Note to the team sent via email:

When searching the web you will get better results searching “medieval vegetable gardens” rather  than “renaissance vegetable gardens.”  Here are some places to start your investigations:

1. The Tres Riches Heures of the Duc de Berry; this is an early 15th century manuscript with wonderful calendar illustrations. This can also lead you to other sources.

Also while web browsing check “labors of the months” in medieval manuscripts… lots of illustrations of farming.

2.  Garden History   >  Vol. 12, No. 2, Autumn, 1984   >  Vegetables in the Middle Ages

This journal published by the Garden History Society.

3. Check the gardens at Villandry.  These are grand gardens but they are planted with vegetables used c. 1500.

The Cloisters museum in NY, part of the Metropolitan Museum or Art would also be a good source, check out the following:

4.  Weed Eating | The Medieval Garden Enclosed | The Metropolitan

Another garden to check out

5.  Heronswood garden, historic National Trust house, certified organic

Certainly enough for now to get you going.  Any questions do ask.

Ellen

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