One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A kitchen garden.
- ‘Many vegetables and herbs are highly ornamental, and potagers have become an art form in themselves, with patterns of exotically coloured salad plants and brassicas being displayed within neatly clipped box hedges.’
- ‘Heeding this advice, Europeans have long excelled at creating grand kitchen gardens (or potagers, as the French call them) that combine vegetables and ornamental plants in stunning designs.’
- ‘All the careful grafting of the apple trees, the meticulous cultivation of the potager, everything, in effect, that produces the aesthetic effect we admire today, was done in the dictates of earning a living.’
- ‘I carry shears on my trips to collect plants for my two-acre potager garden.’
- ‘Every garden can teach us something, she says, whether it's the splendid formal grounds of a stately home or the riotous richness of a cottage potager.’
Mid 17th century: from French jardin potager ‘garden providing vegetables for the pot’.
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