Wyrtig

For gardeners with a sense of history
 

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

  

Google

Home

Early gardens

Early plants

Growing heirloom plants

Garden folklore

Resources for gardeners

Site map

Contact us

Herbal Elixir and Fine Cologne
Chartreuse and 4711

Bottle of ChartreuseThe ascetic Carthusians, who continue today a tradition of solitary contemplation that began in France more than 900 years ago, are responsible for two of modern life's more pleasant luxuries, Chartreuse Liqueur and 4711 Cologne.

Chartreuse Liqueur was first made in the 18th century at Grande Chartreuse, the mother house of the Carthusian Order. It originated as a medicinal elixir, compounded from 130 different herbs and flowers. Today, three types of Chartreuse are sold -- a green, which gives the color chartreuse its name; a yellow; and a third whose color falls somewhere in between.

4711 cologne

About a century before Chartreuse appeared, another member of the Carthusian order concocted the world's oldest commercially produced fragrance, 4711 Cologne. This monk was given shelter by the Mulhouse family in Cologne, and in gratitude presented them with the recipe for this scent as a wedding gift. When the family decided to market it, they gave it the name "4711," the street number of their home. 

Early Gardens

Gardens in Iron Age Britain

Gardens of Roman Britain

Gardens of Post-Roman Britain

Continental gardens

Church and monastery gardens

Castle and manor gardens

Charter landscapes Early Medieval England

Gardens in the Domesday Book

Gardens of toft and croft
 

Home | Early gardens | Early plants | Growing heirloom plants | Garden folklore | Resources | Site map

 

Botanists are among those who know that, in spite of the rude shocks of life,
it is well to have lived, and to have seen the everlasting beauty of the world.
F.D. Drewitt

 

Copyright 2015 S.E.S. Eberly
All Rights Reserved

Contact us