Finding Anachronism

Tania Bayard
Sweet Herbs and Sundry Flowers: Medieval Gardens and the Gardens of The Cloisters

The espaliered tree is one feature of the garden that is not medieval, for the technique of training fruit trees in flat symmetrical patterns agains vertical surfaces came into use later that the Middle Ages and is therefore not within the time period of The Cloisters. Nevertheless, this magnificent pear, planted in 1940, has become a permanent attraction at the Museum.

And so for day 2949

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