Platt, Sir Hugh or Platte 1552-1611 (approx)

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Platt was the author of Floraes Paradise (1608) and a second edition called The Garden of Eden (1653). There were four subsequent editions.

He was a country gentleman, the most famous of Elizabethan gardening authorities and has been called "the most ingenious husbandman of the age he lived in." He received a generous allowance from his father after leaving college and devoted much time to literary work. He became keenly interested in agriculture and gardening and communicated with many authorities. His own gardens were famous. In his day he was a recognized authority on soils and manures and was the author of many mechanical inventions for which he was knighted by James I.

He was also author of the smallest and most charming of all "still room" books. Delightes of Ladies to adorne their Persons, Tables, Closets, and distillatories with Beauties, banquets, perfumes and waters. Reade, Practise, and Censure (1602). It was probably the most prized of all Elizabethan garden books. The chapter headings give one a rather clear idea of its contents as: "The Art of Preserving, Conserving, and Candying, etc.", "Secrets in Distillation", "Cookery and Housewifery," "Sweet Powders, Ointments, Beauties, etc.". This book was read by wives of noblemen, yeomen, and squires. Platt was well aware that directions should be given to means of preserving food until the subsequent harvest.