WHEN the Nantwich Walled Garden is finally opened to the
general public, one of the features of the new attraction will be a tribute to
John Gerard (left).
born in Nantwich in 1545 and
attended Willaston School, learning
about plants in the town. In 1577 he
moved to London and superintended
the gardens belonging to Lord
Burleigh in the Strand.
Nineteen years later he
published a list of plants he had
grown in his own garden - the first
catalogue of any garden ever
published. In 1597 he published
"The Herball or Generall Historie of
Plantes". This book contains the image (above) of Gerard.
herbalist to King James I and
other notable people. The King, who
was also James VI of Scotland, was
the first monarch of the newly-created United Kingdom.
There is no record that John Gerard
ever visited Townsend House in Welsh Row,
but as someone clearly interest in
garden plants it would be more than
a little strange if he had not.
In any case, the Wilbraham
would surely have had a copy of "The Herball"
for their garden.