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English translation: botanical garden (of medicinal plants)

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Italian term or phrase:orto dei semplici
English translation:botanical garden (of medicinal plants)
Entered by: Angela Arnone
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15:33 Feb 19, 2001
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Italian term or phrase: orto dei semplici
A history if the botanical garden states that they were originally "orti dei semplici" - so it's Medieval history time folks...
Angela Arnone
Local time: 00:54
originally, a small garden with indigenous [local] medicinal plants
Explanation:
Today, it means "botanical garden", but in the Middle Ages, it was a botanical garden which contained only "simple" plants, ie. local medicinal plants -- as in Liber de Simplici Medicina (Book of local medicinal plants)

... the late medieval physic garden of the monasteries' pharmacies.

If you understand French, the following definition is perfect.
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"Simple" est un mot qui apparaît au XVè siècle. Il désigne alors un médicament constitué d'une seule substance, par opposition aux mélanges alambiqués (au sens propre) de la médecine savante. Il finira par s'appliquer uniquement aux plantes médicinales.
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SEE:
Nella solenne cornice del Monte Serra, a 160 m sopra il livello del mare, l'Orto dei Semplici Elbano ha aperto le sue porte al pubblico: piante spontanee e naturalizzate dell'Arcipelago toscano, piante di uso medicinale, piante endemiche e rare vi aspetta no per una visita guidata in uno dei luoghi più suggestivi dell'Isola d'Elba.
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On Monte Serra near Rio nell'Elba there is now a new Botanic Garden with wildflowers, medicinal and endemic plants of the Tuscan Archipelago, situated in a most beautiful location in the Eastern part of Elba, the Hermitage S.Caterina.



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Annie Robberecht, C. Tr.
Local time: 00:54
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Yes, I think you're right. Thanks.
Unfortunately my text says "orto botanico" and "orto dei semplici" in the same breath so it gets a bit convoluted...
Thanks again
Angela


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originally, a small garden with indigenous [local] medicinal plants


Explanation:
Today, it means "botanical garden", but in the Middle Ages, it was a botanical garden which contained only "simple" plants, ie. local medicinal plants -- as in Liber de Simplici Medicina (Book of local medicinal plants)

... the late medieval physic garden of the monasteries' pharmacies.

If you understand French, the following definition is perfect.
<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
"Simple" est un mot qui apparaît au XVè siècle. Il désigne alors un médicament constitué d'une seule substance, par opposition aux mélanges alambiqués (au sens propre) de la médecine savante. Il finira par s'appliquer uniquement aux plantes médicinales.
<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
SEE:
Nella solenne cornice del Monte Serra, a 160 m sopra il livello del mare, l'Orto dei Semplici Elbano ha aperto le sue porte al pubblico: piante spontanee e naturalizzate dell'Arcipelago toscano, piante di uso medicinale, piante endemiche e rare vi aspetta no per una visita guidata in uno dei luoghi più suggestivi dell'Isola d'Elba.
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On Monte Serra near Rio nell'Elba there is now a new Botanic Garden with wildflowers, medicinal and endemic plants of the Tuscan Archipelago, situated in a most beautiful location in the Eastern part of Elba, the Hermitage S.Caterina.






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Annie Robberecht, C. Tr.
Local time: 00:54
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Grading comment
Yes, I think you're right. Thanks.
Unfortunately my text says "orto botanico" and "orto dei semplici" in the same breath so it gets a bit convoluted...
Thanks again
Angela

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