43.The gardening authors of the ages of antiquity are few, and of these little is known. Hesiod is the most ancient; he appears to have been contemporary with Homer, and a Bï¿½otian. His poem entitled Works and Days is the only one of his productions which remains; but he is said to have written a Treatise on Grafting, and also treatises on the Culture of the Vine, of Corn, and of Herbs. Incidental remarks on even the higher departments of gardening will be found in the writings of Homer, Herodotus, Xenophon, Aristotle, and Theophrastus. The History of Plants by the latter author is a work of great merit for the age in which it was produced. ï¿½ See Ency. of Agr., ï¿½ 24.