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.
vernacular gardens, their
plants, their gardeners (a number of whom were authors), and
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
Zwiefalten monatsbilder, Zwiesel
c. 1150 CE