Garden Journaling Trivia Questions and Answers

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1: Who wrote the treatise “La pratique du jardinage” in 1774?
A: John Evelyn
B: Antoine-Joseph Dezallier d’Argenville
C: Thomas Tusser
D: William Kent
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Antoine-Joseph Dezallier d’Argenville authored “La pratique du jardinage” which was a significant work on gardening from that period.

2: In which century did garden writing begin to be published in English?
A: 13th century
B: 14th century
C: 15th century
D: 16th century
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: Garden writing began to be published in English during the 16th century.

3: Who divided garden writing into utilitarian guides and works on landscape aesthetics in the 19th century?
A: John Evelyn
B: Gertrude Jekyll
C: Atkinson
D: Vita Sackville-West
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Atkinson suggested a division of garden writing into utilitarian guides and more aesthetic-focused works in the 19th century.

4: What challenge do British garden writers face that US and Canadian writers do not?
A: Limited plant variety
B: Regional climate differences
C: Government restrictions
D: Language barriers
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: British garden writers can generalize advice for the whole country, but US and Canadian writers need to account for diverse regional climates.

5: Which early text is a Middle English verse translation of Palladius’ work on farming?
A: The Country Housewife’s Garden
B: La théorie et la pratique du jardinage
C: On husbondrie
D: The Mummy! A Tale of the Twenty-Second Century
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The text “On husbondrie” is a Middle English verse translation of Palladius’ Late Roman work on farming.

6: Who is the significant herbal literature author known for combining medical and botanical knowledge?
A: Vitruvius
B: Dioscurides
C: John Evelyn
D: William Kent
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Dioscurides is known for his herbal literature, which combines medical and botanical knowledge and was widely respected until the 18th century.

7: What key element of gardening did the Italian author Piero de’ Crescenzi emphasize in the medieval period?
A: Flower arrangements
B: Fruit tree grafting
C: Agricultural practices
D: Water irrigation systems
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Piero de’ Crescenzi emphasized agricultural practices in his work “Ruralium Commodorum Liber.”

8: What was the name of Thomas Tusser’s popular gardening book?
A: The Theory and Practice of Gardening
B: Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry
C: The Country Housewife’s Garden
D: The Gardener’s Almanac
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Thomas Tusser wrote “Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry,” a widely popular gardening book during its time.

9: Which French gardener authored “The Pleasure Garden” including detailed engravings?
A: Antoine-Joseph Dezallier d’Argenville
B: Claude Mollet
C: André Mollet
D: John Evelyn
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: André Mollet authored “Le Jardin de plaisir” (The Pleasure Garden) containing detailed engravings of garden designs.

10: Which influential gardener’s work encouraged the plantation of trees in England?
A: John Evelyn
B: Vita Sackville-West
C: Gertrude Jekyll
D: William Robinson
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: John Evelyn’s “Sylva, or A Discourse of Forest-Trees” influenced landowners to plant more trees in England.

11: What term did Sir William Temple introduce that contributed to the concept of the English landscape garden style?
A: Parterres
B: Bosquets
C: Sharawadgi
D: Acetaria
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Sir William Temple introduced the term “sharawadgi” in his essay, contributing to the concept of the English landscape garden style.

12: Which 18th-century French author’s work became the leading manual on the French formal garden style?
A: Gertrude Jekyll
B: Antoine-Joseph Dézallier d’Argenville
C: Humphrey Repton
D: Elizabeth Blackwell
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Antoine-Joseph Dézallier d’Argenville authored “La théorie et la pratique du jardinage,” the leading manual on the French formal garden style.

13: Who published the highly popular “The Gardeners Dictionary” in 1729?
A: John Evelyn
B: Philip Miller
C: Gertrude Jekyll
D: Vita Sackville-West
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Philip Miller published “The Gardeners Dictionary” which was highly popular and influential in gardening.

14: Which work by William Robinson influenced English gardening style until at least World War II?
A: The Pleasure Garden
B: The Wild Garden
C: The Gardener’s Almanac
D: The English Landscape Garden
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: William Robinson’s “The Wild Garden” influenced English gardening style significantly until World War II.

15: What magazine did John Claudius Loudon found in 1826 that was significant to British gardening?
A: The Gardener’s Chronicle
B: The Gardeners’ Magazine
C: The Victorian Garden
D: The Horticulturist
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: John Claudius Loudon founded “The Gardener’s Magazine” in 1826, which was significant in British gardening history.

16: Who was the American equivalent of John Claudius Loudon, publishing “A Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening”?
A: Thomas Jefferson
B: Andrew Jackson Downing
C: Elizabeth Blackwell
D: Thomas Whately
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Andrew Jackson Downing was the American equivalent of Loudon and published “A Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening.”

17: Which gardening book marked the end of a genre of herbals in England?
A: The Theory and Practice of Gardening
B: The Gardener’s Almanac
C: The Wild Garden
D: A curious herbal: containing five hundred cuts
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: Elizabeth Blackwell’s “A curious herbal: containing five hundred cuts” marked the end of a genre of herbals in England.

18: What invention in the Victorian era significantly changed gardening practices?
A: Greenhouse
B: Lawn mower
C: Sprinkler systems
D: Electric lights
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The invention of the lawn mower significantly changed gardening practices during the Victorian era.

19: Which Victorian-era gardening journal still exists in a merged form today?
A: The Gardeners’ Magazine
B: The Gardeners’ Chronicle
C: The Garden
D: The Victorian Gardener
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: “The Gardeners’ Chronicle,” first established during the Victorian era, still exists in a merged form today.

20: Who is often too enthusiastically credited with the creation of the English landscape style?
A: Humphrey Repton
B: Stephen Switzer
C: Alexander Pope
D: William Kent
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: William Kent is often credited, perhaps too enthusiastically, with the creation of the English landscape style.

21: Which author’s “Essay on Modern Gardening” minimized the role of Capability Brown and others?
A: Horace Walpole
B: Philip Miller
C: John Evelyn
D: Vita Sackville-West
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: Horace Walpole’s “Essay on Modern Gardening” minimized the role of Capability Brown and other mid-century gardeners.

22: Who succeeded Capability Brown as the leading English garden designer?
A: Thomas Whateley
B: Humphrey Repton
C: Philip Miller
D: John Evelyn
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Humphrey Repton succeeded Capability Brown as the leading English garden designer, publishing influential works on the subject.

23: What was the first British gardening magazine?
A: The Gardener’s Chronicle
B: The Gardener’s Magazine
C: The Victorian Gardener
D: The Horticulturist
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: “The Gardener’s Magazine” was the first British gardening magazine, founded by John Claudius Loudon in 1826.

24: Which novel written by Jane Webb led to her collaboration with John Claudius Loudon?
A: The Wild Garden
B: The Gardeners’ Chronicle
C: Down the Garden Path
D: The Mummy! A Tale of the Twenty-Second Century
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: Jane Webb’s novel “The Mummy! A Tale of the Twenty-Second Century” led to her collaboration with John Claudius Loudon.

25: What American magazine, established in 1846, was analogous to Loudon’s Gardener’s Magazine?
A: The Gardeners’ Chronicle
B: The Horticulturist
C: The Victorian Gardener
D: The Gardener’s Guide
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: “The Horticulturist,” established by Andrew Jackson Downing, was an American analogue to Loudon’s “Gardener’s Magazine.”

26: Whose book “The Wild Garden” aimed to popularize a naturalistic planting style in England?
A: Gertrude Jekyll
B: Philip Miller
C: William Robinson
D: Reginald Blomfield
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: William Robinson’s “The Wild Garden” aimed to popularize a naturalistic planting style in England.

27: What was the major contribution of Elizabeth Blackwell’s book on gardening?
A: Introducing exotic plants
B: Documenting medicinal herbs
C: Garden design philosophy
D: Monthly gardening tasks
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Elizabeth Blackwell’s book “A curious herbal” contributed significantly by documenting medicinal herbs.

28: Which garden writer’s columns ran in The Observer from 1946 to 1961?
A: Vita Sackville-West
B: Margery Fish
C: Hugh Johnson
D: Robin Lane Fox
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: Vita Sackville-West’s gardening columns ran in The Observer from 1946 to 1961.

29: Which English landscape designer wrote three main books on gardening theory and practice in the 18th century?
A: William Kent
B: Humphrey Repton
C: Stephen Switzer
D: Horace Walpole
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Humphrey Repton wrote three main books on gardening theory and practice, defending the designs of Capability Brown and himself.

30: Who published “The Gardeners’ Chronicle” in the 19th century?
A: Philip Miller
B: John Evelyn
C: William Robinson
D: John Claudius Loudon
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: John Claudius Loudon published “The Gardner’s Chronicle,” a significant gardening publication in the 19th century.

31: What is the title of Jamaica Kincaid’s late 20th-century book on gardening?
A: The Wild Garden
B: My Summer in a Garden
C: My Garden (Book)
D: The Gardeners Dictionary
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Jamaica Kincaid authored “My Garden (Book),” a late 20th-century book exploring many themes through gardening.

32: Which author argued that Charles Dudley Warner’s memoir is a foundational work of garden writing in American literature?
A: Atkinson
B: Vita Sackville-West
C: Gertrude Jekyll
D: Jamaica Kincaid
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: Atkinson argued that Charles Dudley Warner’s memoir “My Summer in a Garden” is foundational work in American garden writing.

33: Published by Gertrude Jekyll, what style dominated English gardening until at least World War II?
A: Victorian garden
B: Arts and Craft garden
C: Formal French garden
D: Modernist garden
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Gertrude Jekyll’s works influenced the Arts and Craft garden style, dominating English gardening until World War II.

34: Which gardening book by William Robinson was criticized by Blomfield?
A: The Gardener’s Almanac
B: The Country Housewife’s Garden
C: The Gardeners Dictionary
D: The Formal Garden in England
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: Blomfield criticized Robinson’s formal garden style in his book “The Formal Garden in England.”

35: Who published the longest-running gardening magazine beginning in 1884?
A: Philip Miller
B: Andrew Jackson Downing
C: John Claudius Loudon
D: Amateur Gardening
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: “Amateur Gardening,” founded in 1884, is the longest-running gardening magazine.

36: What gardening book was illustrated by Rex Whistler and has remained in print since 1932?
A: Down the Garden Path
B: The Gardeners Dictionary
C: The Wild Garden
D: The Theory and Practice of Gardening
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: “Down the Garden Path,” illustrated by Rex Whistler, has remained in print since 1932.

37: Who was a major 19th-century gardening writer and defender of the picturesque?
A: Thomas Whately
B: Humphrey Repton
C: Philip Miller
D: Andrew Jackson Downing
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Humphrey Repton was a major defender of the picturesque and a significant gardening writer in the 19th century.

38: Which book written by Henry Arthur Bright offered a garden autobiography in the form of diary entries?
A: Down the Garden Path
B: My Summer in a Garden
C: A Year in a Lancashire Garden
D: The Wild Garden
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Henry Arthur Bright’s “A Year in a Lancashire Garden” is structured like a garden autobiography in diary form.

39: What type of magazine became highly significant in the UK’s 20th century for passing down gardening traditions?
A: TV Magazines
B: Trade Journals
C: Newspaper and magazine gardening columns
D: Garden Club Bulletins
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Gardening columns in newspapers and magazines became important in the UK for sharing gardening traditions in the 20th century.

40: Who focused on urban park creation in expanding American cities through his writings?
A: Thomas Jefferson
B: John Claudius Loudon
C: Andrew Jackson Downing
D: Humphrey Repton
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Andrew Jackson Downing’s book encouraged creating urban parks in expanding American cities.

41: The first significant garden-related text in English belonged to which author?
A: Thomas Jefferson
B: Humphrey Repton
C: William Lawson
D: Thomas Tusser
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: Thomas Tusser’s “Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry” was the first significant garden-related text in English.

42: Which female English author’s garden columns in The Observer were influential?
A: Margery Fish
B: Vita Sackville-West
C: Gertrude Jekyll
D: Jamaica Kincaid
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Vita Sackville-West’s influential garden columns appeared in The Observer.

43: What gardening book became a foundational American work through Richard Powers’ novel “Gain”?
A: My Garden (Book)
B: Garden Book
C: The Profitable Arte of Gardening
D: Gain
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: Richard Powers’ novel “Gain” took gardening as its subject and became a foundational work in American garden writing.

44: What book written by Elizabeth Blackwell marked the last of its herbal genre?
A: Herbals of England
B: A curious herbal: containing five hundred cuts
C: The Wild Garden
D: The Gardeners Dictionary
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Elizabeth Blackwell’s “A curious herbal: containing five hundred cuts” marked the last of its herbal genre.

45: What was the highly influential gardening book by William Robinson, first published in 1870?
A: The Theory and Practice of Gardening
B: The Country Housewife’s Garden
C: The Wild Garden
D: The Mummy! A Tale of the Twenty-Second Century
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: “The Wild Garden” by William Robinson significantly influenced English gardening practices.

46: Which American gardening author was influential in encouraging urban park creation in mid-19th-century America?
A: Thomas Jefferson
B: Elizabeth Blackwell
C: Andrew Jackson Downing
D: John Claudius Loudon
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Andrew Jackson Downing encouraged creating urban parks in 19th-century America with his influential writings.

47: What gardening book did Gertrude Jekyll contribute to, helping shape the Arts and Craft garden style?
A: The Wild Garden
B: Down the Garden Path
C: The Gardeners Dictionary
D: My Garden (Book)
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: Gertrude Jekyll contributed to “The Wild Garden,” which shaped the Arts and Craft garden style with her writings.

48: Thomas Jefferson’s “Garden Notes” were inspired by whose gardens?
A: Humphrey Repton
B: William Robinson
C: Thomas Whately
D: Stephen Switzer
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Thomas Jefferson’s “Garden Notes” were influenced by the gardens described by Thomas Whately in his book on gardening.

49: What does Vita Sackville-West’s “The Observer” gardening column signify in garden literature history?
A: Introduction of Mediterranean gardening
B: Inspiration for urban home gardens
C: A bridge between practical advice and literary storytelling
D: Promotion of Victorian formal gardens
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Vita Sackville-West’s column in “The Observer” bridged practical gardening advice and literary storytelling.

50: Who was the prolific poet and novelist that also influenced garden writing with contributions to “The Garden: An Illustrated Weekly Journal”?
A: Thomas Jefferson
B: Gertrude Jekyll
C: John Evelyn
D: William Robinson
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Gertrude Jekyll, a prolific writer, influenced garden writing with her contributions to “The Garden: An Illustrated Weekly Journal.”

51: Who maintained a conviction against urbane impudence from northern authors in his 18th-century gardening publications?
A: William Kent
B: John Evelyn
C: Stephen Switzer
D: Thomas Whately
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Stephen Switzer expressed his fervent opposition against northern authors in his 18th-century gardening writings.

52: Which significant theologian recognized ornamental gardening in his philosophical inquiry “De vegetabilibus et plantis”?
A: Vitruvius
B: Albertus Magnus
C: William Kent
D: John Evelyn
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Albertus Magnus recognized ornamental gardening in his philosophical inquiry “De vegetabilibus et plantis.”

53: What gardening book did Elizabeth Blackwell create, with contributions possibly from her imprisoned husband?
A: Gain
B: The Country Housewife’s Garden
C: A curious herbal: containing five hundred cuts
D: The Profitable Arte of Gardening
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Elizabeth Blackwell created “A curious herbal: containing five hundred cuts,” with her husband possibly contributing by writing text while in prison.

54: How did “The English Physitian” by Nicholas Culpeper influence gardening literature?
A: It introduced French formal gardens to England
B: It spread herbal knowledge with nearly continuous reprints
C: It promoted exotic plant imports
D: It pioneered modern garden design practices
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Nicholas Culpeper’s “The English Physitian” spread herbal knowledge and continued to be reprinted for centuries.

55: Who was Thomas Jefferson’s companion during his garden tour, noted in his “Garden Notes”?
A: John Adams
B: George Washington
C: Benjamin Franklin
D: Alexander Hamilton
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: Thomas Jefferson toured the gardens of England with John Adams, as documented in his “Garden Notes.”

56: Who authored “Garden Book,” a manuscript held by the Massachusetts Historical Society?
A: Thomas Tusser
B: William Lawson
C: Thomas Jefferson
D: Humphrey Repton
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Thomas Jefferson authored “Garden Book,” a manuscript that is now held by the Massachusetts Historical Society.

57: Who was the key figure in the 19th century that merged horticultural journalism with practical instruction for ladies?
A: Andrew Jackson Downing
B: Thomas Jefferson
C: Jane Webb Loudon
D: Elizabeth Blackwell
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Jane Webb Loudon worked together with her husband on many books providing practical horticultural instruction aimed at ladies.

58: Which English garden writer’s monthly list of gardening tasks was published posthumously and widely circulated?
A: William Robinson
B: John Evelyn
C: Humphrey Repton
D: Vita Sackville-West
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: John Evelyn’s “Kalendarium Hortense, or The Gardener’s Almanac,” a monthly list of gardening tasks, was circulated widely even after his death.

59: What genre did Horace Walpole criticize in his “Essay on Modern Gardening”?
A: French formal garden style
B: English landscape garden
C: Kitchen gardens
D: Townhouse gardens
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: In his “Essay on Modern Gardening,” Horace Walpole criticized the French formal garden style.

60: What book by Elizabeth Blackwell redeemed her husband’s debts, leading to his release from debtor’s prison?
A: The Wild Garden
B: My Garden (Book)
C: The Gardeners Dictionary
D: A curious herbal: containing five hundred cuts
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: Elizabeth Blackwell’s “A curious herbal: containing five hundred cuts” was successful enough to repay her husband’s debts and secure his release from prison.

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