Sunday, April 10, 2011

John Parkinson: Tulip Array

From John Parkinson's Paradisi in sole paradisus terrestris Or A Garden of all sorts of pleasant flowers which our English ayre will permit to be noursed up

A few facts about John Parkinson (1567–1650)
1. He was born in Yorkshire and moved to London at age 14 to apprentice as an apothecary (pharmacist). In 1617 he was a founding member of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, a trade organization.
2. Parkinson is considered to be the last of great English herbalists; he lived in a time when botany (the scientific study of plants) was emerging.
3. As one of the first English botanists, he became Royal Botanist to Charles I.
4. Parkinson is best known for his two works, Paradisi in sole paradisus terrestris (1629), which describes plant cultivation and Theatrum Botanicum (1640), which was the most complete English work on plants of its time.
5. His friends included botanists, herbalists, and plantsmen in England and in Europe. John Tradescant the elder was a close friend.

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