For gardeners with a sense of history

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




Early gardens

Early plants

Growing heirloom plants

Garden folklore

Resources for gardeners

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Welcome to Wyrtig.com
A resource for gardeners with a sense of history


Here you will find information about:

  • Early gardens
    Roman, Continental, and British gardens, from 43 CE to 1400 CE

  • Early plants
    What archeology and early manuscripts tell us about the plants grown in these gardens

  • Growing heirloom plants
    How to select, start, pot on, plant out, and nurture historic, traditional, and heirloom plants in your garden

  • Resources for gardeners
    Print and online resources, as well as a detailed glossary specific to Wyrtig topics

  • Contact us, about us, copyright and permissions
    How to email us with questions or comments, who creates this site, and information about copyright and permission to use materials


 Let us start from the ground up.

         As we sow, so shall we reap,
         knowing that oaks from tiny acorns grow,
         and keeping a green tree ever in our hearts.

        To everything there is a season;
         may we scatter with one hand
         and gather with two --
         may having the wind in our face
         make us wise.

S.E.S. Eberly


Psalter, British Library,  Royal 2 B II, France,  c. 1250 CE



What's new ...


Early Plants

 British Plants Classified by When
 and How They Were Introduced

    Native plants


    Casual Plants

 What plants were cited most
 frequently in early medieval


 What plants appear in the
 archeological record in Britain?


Early gardens

 Medieval garden tools

 Medieval images of the labors of
 the month


Growing heirloom plants

 Chamomile - Chamaemelum

    Chamomile in early sources

 Dill - Anethum graveolens
    Dill in early sources


Garden lore

 A prayer to heal a pox caused by
 water elves

 Ęcerbot, a field prayer

 Nine Herbs Prayer from the



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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


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