The Garden Guide

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

Francis Bacon and gardening science

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719. The influence of Bacon's writings produced the decline and fall of astrology, in the beginning of the eighteenth century. A different mode of studying the sciences was adopted. Vegetable physiology and chemistry (the first a new science, and the latter degraded under the name of alchemy) began to be studied, and the influence of this dawn of intellectual day was felt even in agriculture and gardening.