The Garden Guide

Book: History of Garden Design and Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 2: Roman Gardens (500BC-500AD)

Roman Gardens

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CHAPTER II Chronological History of Gardening, from the Time of the Roman Kings, in the Sixth Century AD, to the Decline and Fall of the Empire in the Fifth Century of our Era 44. Gardening among the Romans we shall consider, 1. As an art of design and taste: 2. In respect to the culture of flowers and plants of ornament: 3. As to its products for the kitchen and the dessert: 4. As to the propagation of timber trees and hedges: and 5. As a science, and as to the authors it has produced. In general it will be found that the Romans copied their gardening from the Greeks, as the latter did theirs from the Persians, and that gardening, like every other art, extended with civilisation from east to west.