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  • Hand-painted plant from the 'Herb Book' published in 1564

Earthly Delight: Researching the Renaissance to Create a New Garden

The image above depicts a hand-painted detail from a page in Adam Lonicer’s Kreuterbuch (‘Herb Book,’ in German), published in 1564. The book is one of the oldest and rarest of the more than 25,000-book collection at the Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies at UMass Amherst. The book served as one reference point in the planning of the Center’s new Renaissance garden, planted by students in the UMass Stockbridge School of Agriculture under the direction of head gardener and designer Jennie Bergeron. Open to the public, the garden will serve as an ongoing resource for Stockbridge students studying agriculture, history, and ethnobotany. Learn more.

Photo credit: Amanda Drane