Today’s coloring pages come to you from the late sixteenth-century Herball Or Generall Historie of Plantes by John Gerard.  We’ve made a PDF for you to print out as a coloring book.  The frontispiece is lush and detailed, so we left it relatively intact for you to admire.  The rigid garden layout represented in the oval frame at the bottom was the standard, unlike our more meandering, seemingly “natural” flower garden designs.

The individual images have been stripped down to black and white for easy coloring.  Some of the nicest images we could not provide because an earlier owner of the book could not resist, and painted them!  (As you can see, the edges of the title page were repaired since the book was so well worn from use.)  There are many more illustrations, and of course, a descriptive text.  Let us know if you’d like to see it sometime.

frontispiece, John Gerard, Herbal