The Garden Guide

Book: History of Garden Design and Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 4: British Gardens (1100-1830)

Books on English horticulture

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659. Books on horticulture appeared towards the middle of the sixteenth century. The first treatise of husbandry was a translation from the French, by Bishop Grosshead, in 1500. In 1521, appeared Arnold's Chronicles, in which is a chapter on 'The crafte of graffynge, and plantynge, and alterynge of fruits, as well in colours as in taste.' The first author who treats incidentally on gardening is Tusser, whose Hundreth Pointes of Husbandry was first published in 1557.