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OE wyrtig, adj: Garden-like, full of plants;
On anum wyrtige hamme, Homl. Skt. ii. 30:312




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Wyrtig is an Old English word meaning "garden-like, full of plants." The focus of this site -- classical and early medieval gardens, particularly those of Britain, but with excursions to the continent, and to Roman gardens as well -- grew out of my love of gardening, as well as a love of early medieval literature, both Latin and Anglo-Saxon. Wyrtig focuses on vernacular gardens, their plants, their gardeners (a number of whom were authors), and the various resources that inform us about them.

My background includes an MA in writing, a PhD (abd) in medieval literature, and a career in medical editing and related work. I have no formal training in botany (a fact that is no doubt painfully clear in these pages), but have gardened for a good many decades. In interpreting information and then incorporating it into this site,  I work insofar as possible from primary sources in Latin and Old English (and wish I could do the same in French, German, and Gaelic). I do not use formal academic citations such as footnotes, but do list sources as appropriate, and am happy to answer questions via gardener@wyrtig.com.


Zwiefalten monatsbilder, Zwiesel Monastery,
Stuttgart, Germany,
c. 1150 CE


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