The Garden Guide

Book: History of Garden Design and Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 3: European Gardens (500AD-1850)

Horticulture in Germany

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SUBJECT. 3. German Gardening, in respect to Horticultural Productions. 384. In all probability horticulture was first introduced into Germany by the Romans, and afterwards revived by the religious houses. The native fruits and culinary plants of Germany are the same as those of France, already enumerated. In the museum of the arsenal, in Dresden, are still preserved, and shown to strangers, the gardening tools with which Augustus II., Elector of Saxony, worked with his own hands. This sovereign died in 1566. He is said to have planted the first vineyard in Saxony, and to have greatly increased the varieties of the hardy fruits.