Of Gardens – What’s in a name

 

Francis Bacon
Francis Bacon

I am often asked how I came to name my blog Of Gardens. The simple story is I borrowed the name from the title of Francis Bacon’s famous essay Of Gardens. I chose to name my blog after his essay as an homage to his ode to the pleasures  and importance of gardens. I believe, as Francis did, that a garden  “is the purest of human pleasures. It is the greatest refreshment to the spirits of man; without which, buildings and palaces are but gross handiworks; and a man shall ever see, that when ages grow to civility and elegancy, men come to build stately sooner than to garden finely; as if gardening were the greater perfection.”

Francis Bacon’s essay contains his ideas on what an ideal  16th Century garden should include. Continue reading