GREEN-fingered residents interested in tracing gardening and garden history from the beginning of civilisation can do so thanks to a new book by a Solihull author.
Linda Farrar’s new novel goes back as far as the third Millennium looking at Egyptian gardens,
Mesopotamian, Minoan, Greek, Etruscan, Roman, Byzantine, early Islamic and Medieval gardens.
Gardens and Gardeners of the Ancient World History, Myth and Archaeology shows how gardens in each period were designed and cultivated.
Linda created her book using evidence for garden art and horticulture, gathered from surviving examples of ancient art, literature, archaeology and the wealth of garden myths associated with certain plants.
She has looked at what plants were chosen as garden worthy, their setting and the design and appearance of ancient gardens.
Linda said: “My book combines my passions for archaeology, ancient history and gardening.
“Over the years I have travelled widely to ancient sites in the course of research and for pleasure, to places in Mediterranean countries and beyond, but not forgetting sites in Britain.
“I made sure there was space to include evidence from several local sites, including Coventry and Worcester.
“Solihull is mentioned too, but in a reference to a felon stealing a large number of fish from a pond in 1361.”
The book is available on Amazon.co.uk for £25.