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First Cottage


My history tells me that the cottage garden has its roots in 18th century England. The cottage residents who dwelt there relied on their gardens to supply their family's needs. The cottage garden was a means of survival as it was practical and productive. It included a variety of plants (and animals!) used for food, medicine, and dyes. The cottager's small plot allowed for no wasted space. The garden was abundant in vegetation. Thus, it was well tended. Fences and hedges were often used to keep the livestock out of the vegetables. Cottagers planted what they knew would work, often using plants passed along by neighbors.

Our perception of the contemporary cottage garden is a modern interpretation of an old style and takes many forms showing variety, abundance, and informality.

Some just cannot see a cottage garden without a fence (or a hedge, or a particular plant, etc. The old style perception allows for plenty of interpretation, allowing for differences in climate, surroundings, and preference.

In my painting, I've tried to capture this perception. I hope it gives the beholder an overwhelming feeling of being blessed in a cozy home surrounded by the abundance of produce and beauty.

This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 18 June, 2009.

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