We have discussed what skills are required for the production of vegetables all the year round so it is now only fitting that we expand our conversation to consider the rest of the garden.
While the vegetable garden must still take precedence over all other aspects of the art there are roses and shrubs, flower and herbs, brambles and tree fruit that also require our attention. Beginning next week we will begin our progress, week by week, through all the seasons of the year as I intend for this to take the form of a Garden Calendar.
Garden works in the form of calendars were very popular in 18th-century England and North America. Nearly all the early American works on horticulture took this form, including Squibb’s “Gardener’s Calendar for South-Carolina,” Georgia and North Carolina (1787); Gardiner and Hepburn’s “The American Gardener” (1804); and McMahon’s “American Gardener’s Calendar”(1806).
It is my greatest hope that you, too, will share the experiences of your garden with us all for as that most eminent Williamsburg resident and ardent gardener John Custis was like to observe, we are all “Brothers of the Spade.”
I have included a crude plan of the garden so that you may picture in your mind’s eye where the work is accomplished and for those of you that have been so kind as to pay me a visit hopefully a pleasant remembrance.
Yr. most humble and obedient servant,