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Gardening Milestones--I

Below are a few ancient milestones in the timeline of botany and gardening through the middle ages.  Can you match when they occurred?   answers below. (BCE is Before the Christian Era, often seen as BC, c is circa or about)
 
1. 2737BCE a.  Chinese emperor Shen Nung first brewed tea as a beverage
2.  c500BCE b.  Dioscorides, father of medical botany, wrote a book on 650 species and their uses
3.   c50BCE c. book by Pliny was a major source of information on 1100 plants
4.  c50AD d.  earliest known Chinese herbal
5.  c70 e. one of the earliest botanic gardens (Univ. Pisa, Italy)
6. 1533 f.  Romans were known to use crop rotation, legumes to add nitrogen to soils
7. 1538 g. first record of tulips flowering in cultivation in Europe (Augsberg)
8.  1543 h. first study of plants (Univ. Pisa, Italy) separate from medicine
9.  1559 i.  word "carnation" first appears
10.  1593 j. first botanic garden (by Clusius in Leiden, Holland) for ornamental plants

 

Answers:

1. a

2. d

3. f

4. b

5. c

6. h

7. i

8. e

9. g

10. j


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