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Carol McClenin
posted 09-18-2002 05:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Carol McClenin   Click Here to Email Carol McClenin     Edit/Delete Message
I am interested in finding the names of plants that existed in and around castles in the 18th and 19th century. Can anyone help?
thank you

Erik Schmidt
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posted 09-19-2002 07:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Erik Schmidt   Click Here to Email Erik Schmidt     Edit/Delete Message
I probably won't be able to help you answer that question, but I would suggest you clarify what you are asking.
Do you mean cultivated plants? Garden ornamentals or edible plants.
Where? The plants differ a lot between Italy, France and Britain.

Personally, I can't see that the list of plants growing around castles in that time period would differ from those grown around larger farms, palaces or stately homes.


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posted 09-19-2002 08:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for duncan   Click Here to Email duncan     Edit/Delete Message
Your question is unanswerable at this point, can you define it please?
Another hint is to use the search above to look over the past posts and there is several in there that might help you.

posted 09-19-2002 02:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Peter   Click Here to Email Peter     Edit/Delete Message
Around castles (or anywhere important) with those dates, you may find a lot of plants that are grown today.
Those were the years of expansion and exploration. So plants used at that time would be a status symbol, or just show hoe rich you were.

posted 09-20-2002 06:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Levan   Click Here to Email Levan     Edit/Delete Message
At dates as late as this you'd be amazed at what was grown around castles.

At Hunterston castle, in Ayrshire (west coast of Scotland) they made a fortune by draining the surrounding fertile marshland and growing potatoes, which were transported by rail and sold in Glasgow. They made so much money that they didn't need to live in the castle any more and built a nice stately home in the grounds. The old castle was used as a residence for the estate's farmers and workmen instead (who in turn were ousted in favour of the new family car - make a big enough hole in their side and castles make great garages, you know).


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