4. Food Glorious Food

  1. Dan O'Brien PhD Research Fellow Associate Lecturer
  1. Helene Gammack Master's degree research assistant

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324563.ch4

Gardening - Philosophy for Everyone

Gardening - Philosophy for Everyone

How to Cite

Gammack, H. (2010) Food Glorious Food, in Gardening - Philosophy for Everyone (ed D. O'Brien), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324563.ch4

Editor Information

  1. Oxford Brookes University, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 24 SEP 2010

Book Series:

  1. Philosophy for Everyone

Book Series Editors:

  1. Fritz Allhoff

Series Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330212

Online ISBN: 9781444324563



  • food glorious food;
  • “Grow your own” and “food glorious food” - rallying cries in the world of gardens today;
  • balance between use and ornament - culminating in seventeenth-century gardens;
  • Middle Ages, raw fruits regarded with suspicion - believed to be cause of ailments;
  • John Parkinson's Paradisi in Sole - fruit trees, admired by Elizabethans for their ornamental qualities;
  • Andrew Marvell's ‘The Mower Against Gardens’ - orchards representing Puritan ideologies;
  • idealized notion of the Garden of Eden - William Lawson, defining paradise as “a Garden and Orchard of trees and herbs, full of pleasure;
  • conflicting ideologies, backlash against artificial methods of cultivation;
  • fashionable estates, second half of seventeenth century - embracing formal styles of European gardens;
  • expenses incurred in formal gardens - and its gradual demise in favor of landscape parks


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