The garden of Pliny the Elder and the Small Vegetable Garden of Cassinomagus present a selection of plants that the Romans used in their daily life. Each crop square brings together plants according to their uses: vegetable, medicinal, aromatic, decorative and utility plants.
The plants that we observe there today are only a part of Pliny the Elder's knowledge in the 1st century, which lists in its encyclopedia Natural History, more than 900 plants. The plants presented in the gardens are therefore not an exhaustive list, and the collection has grown over the years.
A MEDICAL PLANT
SAGE, from the Latin " salvare " which means "to save", "to heal", is without question the queen of medicinal plants. For the Romans, "sacred grass", it is harvested as part of a special ceremony, without iron tools. According to legend, it would have made Jupiter immortal!
AN AROMATIC PLANT
FENNEL was already incorporated into Egyptian, Greek and Roman dishes. It was also used to increase or improve eyesight. According to Pliny, its seeds are in almost all seasonings and especially vinegar sauces. You could also garnish the bread crust for more flavor.
A PERFUME PLANT
LAVENDER, long before anyone thought of creating bath salts and deodorants, was used by the Romans to prepare (purify) their baths. Its name comes from the Latin lavare which means to wash.
... and many other varieties of plants await you in Pliny's garden!
You will be able to meet more than 100 plants typical of the Gallo-Roman era and thus offer you a plant and historical walk in the heart of the Cassinomagus archaeological park.
In summer, a misty cool space is available in the Pliny garden.