IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 1012: Garden Plants: Names and Introduction in Medieval Northern Europe, II

Wednesday 9 July 2008, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Stockholms Universitet / Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp
Organiser:Inger Larsson, Institutionen för svenska och flerspråkighet, Stockholms Universitet
Moderator/Chair:Kjell Lundquist, Department of Landscape Architecture, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp
Paper 1012-aPlant Relicts from Medieval Norwegian Monastery Grounds
(Language: English)
Per Arvid Åsen, Agder Natural History Museum & Botanical Garden, Kristiansand
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Science
Paper 1012-bMedieval Vegetable Gardens (kålgårdar) in Stockholm: What Can They Tell Us about Gardening
(Language: English)
Ingrid Dyhlén-Täckman, Stockholms Stadsmuseum
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Science
Paper 1012-cSkriðuklaustur Monastery, East Iceland: Domestic Resources Designed for International Forms and Function
(Language: English)
Steinunn Kristjánsdóttir, National Museum of Iceland / Department of Archaeology, University of Iceland, Reykjavík
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Monasticism

When and how were the garden plants and gardening introduced in Northern Europe? Earlier researchers have assumed that the establishment of the various monastic houses also led to an increase in the introduction of new plants and new gardening ideas. Recent research has shown that this is only partly true. By combining evidence from different sources like mentioning in medical and botanical literature, vernacular plant names, geographical distribution, relict plants, archaeology, fossils, folklore, and floristics, and bringing together researchers from Sweden, Norway, and Iceland we hope eventually to get a fuller picture of garden plants and gardening in medieval Northern Europe.