Elizabethan Knot Garden

 

 

During the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (1588-1603) knot gardens became very popular in England. Fussiness was a hallmark of the period and nowhere was this better illustrated than in the clothes worn by women in the sixteenth century, with high ruffs around the neck, waspwaisted dresses, exaggerated cuffs and ornately patterned material.

Most knot gardens were made with various herbs, or herbs and box. This one is made from Lemon Thyme and Grey Santalina. While there were many designs for knot gardens, this design comes from Dydymus Montaine's book, "The Gardener's Labyrinth", produced in 1571.

 

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