I went to this year’s Art in Bloom and of course, love being surrounded by the art and flowers.
But it also sparked a curiosity as to where gardening came from and how it started. So I did a little poking around and found a few interesting bits.
Gardening was first used for food and later moved to growing plants for medicinal purposes. The first known being called Forest Gardening. Generally near water sources. Hazardous plants, shrubs and vines would be identified and removed by whoever was tending to the area.
Moving into places like Ancient Egypt, gardens were built to honor gods and please deities.
Wealthy Egyptians also planted gardens to create shade around themselves and their homes.
Indoor planting began to take place as a way to clean the air of spirits. Filling temples with flowers and plants to please the gods and goddesses.
Growing vines became popular to create wine for the wealthy leisure class of Egyptians.
Assyrians were well-known for their magnificent gardens in ancient times as well.
The Black Death is responsible for the rise of gardening in the 13th century as so many people died more land became available for gardening.
The biggest difference between gardening and farming tends to be that gardening is done for beauty as opposed to purpose.
Some pictures from Art in Bloom at the M.I.A.